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Bohemian Rhapsody

(USA/UK, 2018)

I guess this mostly revolves around what you think about Freddie Mercury, Queen, and Freddie’s magnum opus, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” For myself, I think Mercury was a major talent, but I was never really a fan of Queen. As for the song, I think it is highly overrated. Every time I hear it I get impatient for it to end. And the lyrics? Mama! Killed a man. Bismallah! Scaramouche, Scaramouche, Galileo, Galileo. It all just sounds like a big mess to me, perhaps because it seems to be trying to be all things at once, and doesn’t manage to do any of them well. For my money there are at least three cuts on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album alone that put “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the shade, and that’s not even counting The White Album and Abbey Road.

As for the movie itself, I found it reasonably enjoyable, but far from great. The best thing about it was the performance by Rami Malik, who really deserved his Oscar.

I did find a version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” that I liked. Here it is, at no extra charge: