The story of a classic rock band

Bohemian Rhapsody, with Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton and Gwilym Lee, directed by Bryan Singer. 4/5

LEGEND OF ALL TIMES: Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985

Bohemian Rhapsody is a celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).

Mercury defied stereotypes to become the one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

Even though his father doesn’t agree much with his dreams, Mercury being an unruly child at home, goes after what he believes in, despite challenges around him. He joins a rock band just in time after they lose their lead singer. In his first performance the crowd almost boos him, but it doesn’t deter him and he goes ahead and performs anyway. As time goes by they start to enjoy him and his dazzling personality on stage.

This movie traces the rise of the band through their iconic songs such as We are the Champions, Another One Bites the Dust, and We Will Rock You. The band attains exceptional success and tours throughout the world, getting massive support from fans. In an unexpected turn of events Mercury is surrounded by darker influences and decides he wants to pursue a solo career. His band members are taken aback by the news.

He then gets involved in drugs and alcohol. While he’s trying so hard to pursue his solo career he struggles greatly in finding the right band to play for him. After suffering making his album and in his personal life, Mercury realises he is not going to make it without Queen. He goes back to them to apologises and wants to rejoin the group.

They reunite just in time for the biggest concert in the world, Live Aid. While Mercury is bravely facing a recent diagnosis of having HIV/Aids, he soldiers on and prepares for the concert. He confesses to his band members and tells them about his sickness, but also tells them not to pity him. He adds that he wants to live his last days doing what he was born to do, making music.

He then leads his band in an epic live performance at Wembley Stadium, and his rapport with the crowd is magical – some even cry during his performance.

Bohemian Rhapsody is an amazing movie, with some of the most amazing rock music ever made.

BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU

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