Bohemian Rhapsody Shines Light on LGBTQ+ Community


This November gave Queen fans a box office breaking movie. Queen was a rock band that played during the 70’s and 80’s when music was at its prime in the culture. It’s named after the band’s  hit song, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” A weird and quirky song with strange meaningless lyrics, but it becomes a masterpiece once it’s all put together. This song and the story of the lead singer, Freddie Mercury, provided inspiration for the director, Bryan Singer. It stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury with an astonishing performance that captures the meaning of who Freddie Mercury was. The film wasn’t liked by critics much but broke box office records and so far has brought in $141.7 million globally.  

The movie isn’t all just about the song Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s about how Freddie Mercury came to write the song and how it changed his and the bands life forever. It’s a classic story of the fall and rise of a great musician. The only music that was played was from the band Queen and it gives the picture a certain beat to it that everyone in the theater can go along with it. It portrays the issues of being a homosexual during the 70’s and 80’s and it could relate to members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. Student Taylor Dewy a member of the LGBT community states, “It was very inspiring. It’s so cool that this great musician and artist was gay and supported that community when no one else was.”

The classic rock and roll film reaches out to people who can relate to it. In the film it shows Freddie Mercury make a bad decision for the band and it ends up with him in a dark place filled with drugs and alcohol. He looks at what he has done and learns from it. The theme of this movie is by looking back at bad decisions, we can find true happiness. I and many others have made bad decisions before and by looking at what I did, I can face the problem to find happiness.

At the beginning of the film we see a young talented adult go from singing at small bar’s to performing at large stadiums for thousands of people. It shows the ups and downs that a rock star can go through while having to deal with people mocking him about his sexuality. At the end of the film it shows Queen finally obtain what their band wanted to become and it provides a warm feeling in the viewers who watched the film.

For me, I enjoyed the film for its feeling of actually being there and experiencing what the band was doing. It’s a film that anyone can enjoy for the story and the heart that’s put into the acting. I would recommend everyone to go see this film for the true and loving story as it leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction as you leave the theater.   

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