Being a Freddie Mercury and Queen fan ever since I started to listen to English music in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and then rediscovering their music again while running in the last four years, it has been a tremendously emotional and elevating experience for me to watch Bohemian Rhapsody, the film, last evening.
If you have been a fan of Queen and you give this impeccable biopic a miss, you would’ve not seen or felt anything as powerful as this before in a movie theatre.
Watching Bohemian Rhapsody was a little like falling in love for the first time, all warm and seductive, exciting and intense. Something very endearing about a biopic as compared to a fictitious story because we know the story is real; someone has lived it; and after his passing, others are eager to tell the tale. It’s like having the Optima, best seats in an opera, from where you have the opportunity to capture a complete impression and get a holistic view of what you have always suspected to be more.
The most compelling reason for me to watch the film was Freddie Mercury. As a unique performer, a singer, a maverick, and a fearless human being who came out of the closet way back in the mid-80’s, knowing fully well that he would be judged and mocked by naysayers that time (when AIDS was deadly), Freddie Mercury was an original. Not only was the music original, so was his life and outlook.
The revelations of Freddie’s life in Bohemian Rhapsody left me feeling introspective. I was happy, delighted, sad and depressed…all at the same time. Come to think of it, there are so many things we don’t know about the lives of an artist or a performer, and we may even dare to judge and comment about the fame and the money they have, and which we mostly believe they didn’t deserve. Yet, when it all comes down to a film, where fragments of their personas are revealed, something happens to us. We crack open and want to be healed of the hurt that we have caused ourselves just by believing in something we heard or read about that person.
Bohemian Rhapsody, the film, is an outstanding tribute to Freddie the song writer, singer and producer who was made of extraordinary stuff and transmuted the definition of music and lyrics.
Who did Freddie Mercury become, after all? In Freddie’s own words, ‘I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.’ That’s what he became, A Legend.