The Portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

Mariella Novo

The release of drama/biography movie following the life of the late Freddie Mercury has sparked all the love from critics. The movie briefly explores his life before becoming the lead vocalist of the band Queen, creating the band, becoming legendary, and the fall of Queen and Freddie himself, played by Rami Malek.

(Shown on the left, the real Freddie Mercury, and to the right Rami Malek’s portrayal of him in the movie)

Through the movie, it explores in significant detail how Mercury felt, his home life and culture, the creation and production of their most well done and loved songs, performances, what happened between him and the band, and their last appearance at Live Aid years later, which was streamed for a billion people all over the world to watch in July of 1985 at Wembley Theater in London.

Not only approved by fans, it was most importantly approved and loved by the members of Queen as well as Mercury’s sister, Kashmira Cooke. Rami Malek, who depicts Mercury in the movie, reported on Jimmy Kimmel that Cooke reached out to him.  “On a serious note, she wrote me the most moving email, it was very powerful. To get that vote of appreciation from the people who were closest to him was everything for me.

But it wasn’t only viewed by Freddie’s loved ones. Malek also revealed that the members of Queen had a big part in casting Freddie, as well as having a hand in recreating the huge Live Aid performance in the movie. Brian May, lead guitarist, had this to say: Without doubt he’ll be on the nominations list for an Oscar, and well deserved as well. He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable.”

 Senior Riddhi Ramesh, who saw the movie opening day, was very excited about it- “It was so well done and Rami Malek did a really good job playing Freddie Mercury. The humor was great, I sang along to every song. It’s a great movie and I would highly recommend everyone see it.”

Bohemian Rhapsody became important to Queen fans, and most importantly, Freddie Mercury’s family.