Hollywood Reinvents Musical Star Biopic: Bohemian Rhapsody



Jasmine Gonzales '21, Contributor

The movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a huge success in the box office grossing approximately 844.7 million dollars. It was directed by Bryan Singer, the screenplay was written by Anthony McCarten, and Rami Malek starred as Freddie Mercury. There seems to be a Hollywood trend in which directors are producing movies about famous musical artists such as Queen, Elton John, and allegedly David Bowie.

In the movie, the director decided to combine all of Freddie Mercury’s lovers into one character, named Paul. As true Queen fan, this upset me because it felt unauthentic. Additionally, the time line was inaccurate. It didn’t realistically reflect the scope of his drug addictions. It was also upsetting that the movie made the band break up before Live Aid (1985). In reality, the band was still together during this time.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury. His accent and aesthetic were authentic. I like how the producers urged him to wear fake teeth to capture the essence of Freddie. The costume designers and choreographers realistically dressed and choreographed the actors portraying Queen. In my opinion, Rami Malek deserves to be nominated for Best Actor and the movie deserves to be nominated for Best Motion Picture. Rami Malek has already won Best Actor at the Golden Globes for Bohemian Rhapsody. The Golden Globes have always been an indication for the Academy Award Nominations. In addition, Bohemian Rhapsody has also won Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. It was also nominated for Best British Film, Best Costume Design, and Best Cinematography at the BAFTA’s.

Although every aspect of Freddie Mercury’s life was not portrayed accurately, I believe that Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody deserves every nomination it has received. In my opinion, Rami Malek and the movie stand a fighting chance of winning both nominations at the Academy Awards.