Thursday, November 22, 2018

Day 3319 - Bohemian Rhapsody the movie

She's a killer queen ... guaranteed to blow your mind. 

Rami Malek kills it as Freddie in the new movie

So, have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet?

Why the bloody hell not?

Do yourself a favour and get to the movie theatre before it's too late.

It's been a Queen fest at our house with tickets to the "We Will Rock You" stage show two weeks ago and then a full Dendy Premium lounge experience on Tuesday night to see Bo Rhap.  You see, I can call it "Bo Rhap" because I've seen it.  You can't call it "Bo Rhap" until you've made the effort to check it it out. They're the rules (albeit my rules which I just made up this second). 

Queen's music has been a constant in our house even though none of us have ever been self-professed Queen fans.  The kids grew up knowing I was a crazy Prince, INXS and Culture Club groupie and that Derek was quite partial to Supertramp.  But while we've always played Queen, we've never actually said "best band ever".  The thing about Queens is, they had so many rock anthems that it's almost impossible to avoid their music.  We don't have to declare our love for them, they just ARE.

When I mentioned the movie to my clan, the hubster and the teen daughter jumped at the chance.  He because of everything I said above, and she because she loves music from all generations (and because she'd just seen the stage show and has been playing the soundtrack on repeat for the past 10 days**).

I was a bit worried the movie may send our 14 year old lad to sleep given he had absolutely no interest in seeing it (and given he was beyond tired).  He went begrudgingly because I'd received the Dendy voucher from his soccer team as an end of year thank you for my manager duties.   But after a tonne of Coke to keep him awake, he walked out of the theatre feeling as fulfilled and awe-struck as the rest of us. 

Awe-struck indeed.

You don't want the final scenes at the Live Aid concert to end.
It's one of those movies you could have sat and watched for another hour or more.
The Freddie Mercury story is a good one.  It's not just another "rags to riches" tale. It's one of cultural differences, sexual realisations, natural talent, deep friendship, artistic exploration and awkward dentistry.

Did you know that Freddie Mecury was actually born Farrokh Bulsara?  Or that he was born in Zanzibar (now Tanzania) to Parsis parents (Persian) from the Gujarat region of British India? That Freddie Mercury had a recorded range of four octaves, he designed the Queen branding/logo and he was a devoted cat lover?  I didn't know those things, but now I do.

Did you know that when Freddie designed the Queen crest he did so to impart a sense of royalty to the band's identity. He acknowledged each band member on the crest via their star signs which are drawn around the "Q".

There is so much I didn't know about Queen until I saw Bo Rhap.  It blew my mind.

So, have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet? 

What are you lovin' about life this week?

What's blowin' your mind right now?  

** Part of the reason the soundtrack has been on repeat in Tahlia's car is because little miss Lola went to see her Auntie Sam star as Ozzie in the stage show (Sam is Chelsea's maternal sister) and Queen is almost nudging The Greatest Showman and Moana off her top songs list right now.  

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  1. Well I have no idea of this movie nor this man...even though I have heard of him. But I am oh so glad you loved this!! Denyse x

  2. I haven't seen it yet - but I so need to. I had no idea their star signs were in the logo!

  3. I keep hearing good things about this movie!

  4. Glad you had fun. You convinced me to put this movie on my to see list.

  5. I really liked it. Very enjoyable.

  6. My friends went to see it and loved it. I was supposedly to go but piked out cos of laziness / apathy etc... but I do want to see it as everyone seems to have enjoyed it!

  7. I hate to confess that I never liked Queeen - though I know many many do. So for those that do, I am sure the movie is amazing. Have a fabulous week and thank you again for the linkup.

  8. We loved the movie - Queen was part of my husband's and my love story (he played one of their songs for me on air when he was a DJ in our local town) Their music holds so many fun memories - I mean, who hasn't belted out Bohemian Rhapsody with their friends at some point?

  9. Can't wait to see this movie as well. The preview looked amazing!

    SSG xxx

  10. I think I'm one of the few people that hasn't seen the movie yet. I have seen a documentary about Freddie Mercury and also saw We Will Rock You in London 10 years ago. I've always loved Queen's music and yes Freddie is an interesting and talented character.

  11. I don't know any of the facts behind the band and Freddie, but I'd love to see the movie.

  12. I saw the movie and thought it was great. I was a big Queen fan back in the day and I thought that movie did a wonderful job. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.


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