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Matthew Montgomery, Staff Writer

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…The movie, not the legendary song. To anyone who has had the pleasure of being within a 15-foot radius of me in a quiet classroom, you know that Queen, at least at this time, is indisputably my favorite band. Particularly with their 70s outings such as “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” “Somebody To Love,” “Killer Queen,” and of course the Rhapsody itself. The band behind the genius song that is “Bohemian Rhapsody” had set themselves to the highest standards in just their first few years after inception, and their renowned fame has managed to last long after Freddie Mercury’s death. So much so in fact, that a film about the band titled, Bohemian Rhapsody, was released in late 2018. With the feature set to be available for DVD and Blu-ray on February 12, would this movie be worth the purchase?

If you did see Bohemian Rhapsody in theaters, you may not believe that your opinion on this film may be heavily dictated by how much you know about Queen. That being, if you can cite any inaccuracies because they are scattered like Easter Eggs, you may have had a bit of criticism for the film. For instance, when the band was making their self-titled debut album in 1973, they had no need for selling automobiles. In addition, EMI executive, Ray Foster, is a completely fictional character, “We Will Rock You” was written in 1977 rather than the 80s, and Mercury was not diagnosed with AIDS until 1987, two years after Live Aid. While the biggest fans may be turned off by these inaccuracies, I simply found them fun to point out!

Besides, there is a great abundance of factual aspects to this feature. For instance, the relationship that Freddie Mercury and Mary Austin had, did, in fact, last for a long time, even after Mercury opened up about his sexuality, and their friendship lasted right up until the iconic singer’s death. Freddie felt such a passion for this lady that he wrote the beautifully famous “Love Of My Life” from the band’s album, A Night At The Opera, for her, which is an additional piece of truth found in this movie and yet another reason why I love this movie.

Reading between the lines of music, what makes this film worth the time for me, personally, is seeing the factual occurrences of a band I find so simply amazing to listen to, now even more amazing to see! Beyond what is, of course, the music and that all-so-angelic voice, this feature delivers on the magic that continues to make Queen a classic rock powerhouse — a powerhouse that continues to shine with their impending North American “The Rhapsody Tour” taking place this summer.

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