Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film based on the life of Freddie Mercury and his journey leading to Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985. It’s to be soon available for streaming or for digital download. The film is produced by 20th Century Fox, New Regency, and GK Films. Released on 23rd October 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody is directed by Bryan Singer as it features a cast consisting of Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.
How to Stream or Download Bohemian Rhapsody
The movie is available for stream or for download in several languages with subtitles but not every language is supported so for example if you are after the Tamil or Hindi versions first check the iTunes description. To start streaming or downloading hit the link below the movie review. You should also know that Bohemian Rhapsody is one of Queen’s most famous monumental song which lasts over six minutes.
The Film Review
The film starts off in 1970 where a young British-Indian college student named Farrokh Bulsara meets one of his favorite bands called Smile after their performance in a nightclub.
Bulsara offers them to replace their lead singer, who had recently quit to join the opposing band, to which they agree. Smile, now consisting of guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and Bulsara himself, begin to perform throughout Britain before releasing their first official studio album which becomes a hit.
Their musical style lands them a contract from EMI Records after which, they begin to go on tours. The band becomes known as Queen and Bulsara officially changes his name to Freddie Mercury. Mercury becomes engaged to a store clerk named Mary Austin but soon discovers that he is interested in men during the band’s American tour.
In 1975, the band leave EMI after their refusal to add Bohemian Rhapsody as their new album’s lead single. Meanwhile, Mercury becomes intimately involved with his personal manager Paul Prenter which eventually leads him to break up with Mary.
In the 1980’s, the band’s popularity grows but Mercury’s personal media image goes down the hatch mainly because of his sexuality. Soon, his relationship with his band members also becomes negatively affected after he announces his deal with CBS Records to go solo.
He releases his first solo album in 1984 whilst also actively taking part in homosexual orgies with partner Paul. Mary meets Mercury and tells him about how the band has been offered to perform in the Live Aid benefit concert at Wembley Stadium.
Mercury becomes enraged at Paul for keeping such news a secret from him and in retaliation, Paul goes out in the media to reveal Mercury’s sexual activities. At the same time, with the outbreak of AIDS spreading, Mercury gets himself tested to reveal that he is HIV positive.
He returns to his band mates and asks for forgiveness after revealing his condition. The band reunites to perform at the concert. After Mercury’s death in 1991, the remaining members of Queen establish the Mercury Phoenix Trust to help find a cure for the disease.
The Movie Production
Bohemian Rhapsody was officially announced in 2010 by Queen’s leading guitarist Brian May. Initially, it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen was set to play Mercury’s character, not before being replaced by the underrated Rami Malek. The film has been praised mainly due to Malek’s performance but has been criticized as well for not portraying Mercury’s life in its true essence.
Bohemian Rhapsody: the Music
To compose the film’s main score, John Ottoman was contacted. The official soundtrack album which was released on 19th October 2018 contains a number of hit songs by Queen, followed up by 11 previously unreleased recordings.
The Bottom Line
Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody provides a minor insight into the life of Freddie Mercury and how his sexuality transitioned from when he was a young boy. The film has so far managed to gross over $104 million, while receiving mixed reviews from the fans.