Empire Cinema in Sutton Coldfield kindly invited us as special guests to watch Bohemian Rhapsody. We mingled with other VIPs, drank wine and munched on Nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and sweeties, before Des (the wonderful manager) escorted us into Screen 1.
Firstly, ignore all the bad reviews of Bohemian Rhapsody. It really is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their dynamic lead singer Freddie Mercury.
The American-Egyptian actor Rami Malek is spectacular in playing Freddie. He wears false teeth that recreate the singer’s famous overbite, which apparently gave him a greater vocal range.
Freddie, still named Farrokh Bulsara has just moved with his Indian Parsi family from Zanzibar to England. He has reinvented himself as a long haired baggage handler by day and London clubber by night – much to his parents disapproval.
Bohemian Rhapsody takes you through the time when he joins Smile, which then became Queen in the early 70’s. Expect sex, drugs, family ructions and some of Queen’s biggest hits!
The film is quite funny in parts but also quite moving. Yet, the film itself is not factually correct because Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS in April 1987. In the movie, he receives the news in 1985, just before Live Aid. It still doesn’t stop it being a fabulous must-see movie.
Running Time: 134 Minutes
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