If you were thinking of seeing the Queen movie this weekend, don't let the critics dissuade you.  Though some reviewers are complaining it's "too sterilized," it is really worth seeing, in my opinion.  "Bohemian Rhapsody" tells the story of how Queen got started, and what highs and lows the band experienced in their career.  One of the highs was something I never knew about; Freddie Mercury had a long relationship with the love of his life, a woman named Mary.  (I just learned that he left his estate to her!)  After his coming out, Mercury found happiness in a relationship with one of the guys you'll meet in the film.  I won't tell you which one.  The lows include a big rift within the band, shady business practices, manipulative "friends," and of course the illness that would eventually claim the life of the legendary lead singer.

"Mr. Robot's Rami Malik" will probably win an Oscar for his riviting performance as Mercury.  He was that good.  All the other performances in the film were great as well.  Including a barely recognizable Mike Meyers!

Among my favorite scenes in the film, seeing the band together in the recording studio.  It was exciting to see and hear the bassist interrupt an argument by playing the first few notes of "Another One Bites The Dust."  You'll see the origin of the foot stomping we all do when "We Are The Champions" starts to play.  And you'll love the clips of the guys recording the operatic part of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

With a lot of story to tell in only 2 hours and 15 minutes, we only get a glimpse of some of Queen's creative process.  But it was enough to get me downloading their music last night.  And this weekend, I'm inclined to pull out my Live Aid DVDs and watch Queen's amazing performance, which is featured prominently in the film.  I hope you'll enjoy the film and the songs that you'll probably wind up playing afterwards as well.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is playing at Marquee Cinemas in Toms River, AMC Loews Seacourt 10, AMC Brick Plaza, Regal Manahawkin 10, and cinemas in Monmouth County as well.

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