Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie Rocks it’s way to Number 1 on the Movie Charts in the UK
The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has rocked it’s way to the number 1 spot at the UK box office. The Queen movie ousted the other music film A Star Is Born.
The Bohemian Rhapsody movie opened last week to mixed reviews, with Queen fans loving it and some reviewers and journalists stating that it lacked elements of Freddie’s life which resulted in a whitewashed result. Personally I think the movie was amazing, and as a Queen fan I personally think it delivered what we wanted and more. As I stated in my Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review, it was overseen by Brian and Roger and therefore it should reflect a truer version of events than if someone else made it.
Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie opened in the UK and has grossed almost £10m in takings so far. It is sure to break the current biopic record which was Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash movie, which was just under £10.5m.
The Overall Chart shows that Bohemian Rhapsody earned more in one week than Halloween (3rd in the chart) did in 2 weeks and Smallfoot (4th in the chart) did in 3 weeks. Some of the films which are in the charts, such as First Man which only earned £6.5m in 3 weeks, shows how well the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie did in order to come straight in at Number 1 in the Box Office Charts.
Queen Resurgent due to Bohemian Rhapsody Movie
Since Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie opened in UK cinemas, there has been a huge interest in all things Queen. The Bohemian Rhapsody Original Soundtrack is available in stores and online for download and this has boosted the Queen back catalogue. Remember, the film will open in the USA on 2nd November so more Queen related buzz to come once that happens.
Check the Music Charts and you will see that Queen are certainly riding the crest of the musical wave due to the millions of fans, new fans and non fans (who will soon convert to the Queen side) who are going to see the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie.
If you have not yet seen the Bohemian Rhapsody movie then you really should, it is an excellent film and value for your money. You can check my Bohemian Rhapsody Review and don’t forget to leave a rating for the movie if you have seen it.
After much anticipation and waiting, I eventually got to see the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. My NO SPOILERS Bohemian Rhapsody Movie review is below.
This has been a film I have been waiting to see for over 8 years. In 2010 Brian May hinted that they would be doing a biopic about Queen. It is now here, as Bohemian Rhapsody.
At the cinema where I went to see it, there were people in their 60s, there was a mum and her your 10 year old daughter, there were a group of young boys no older than 12 who came unaccompanied…. basically, Bohemian Rhapsody is attracting an audience of established Queen fans and people who are only now discovering the music of the band we know and love.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a story of Queen… 4 misfits playing for other misfits who feel they don’t belong, the band who played for the outcasts at the back of the room. The movie portrays Love, Tragedy, Joy … and something the people feels belongs to them.
There are going to be no spoilers here until the film is more widely seen as I am aware many Queen fans don’t want the Magic of the movie ruined before everyone has a chance to see it. For now I will describe what I liked about the film.
The film opens with Freddie walking out onto the stage at Live Aid. The story then goes back to Smile and how Freddie became a singer with Brian and Roger. Now there is a bit of licence taken here, a few things skipped over in the Queen chronology but it works. Even Rami Malek who plays Freddie Mercury admitted that there was some artistic license taken with timelines.
You then see Queen perform songs like Seven Seas of Rhye in the studio. They are playing around with the now famous Queen sound. “We need to get experimental” says Brian.
As the band becomes more famous we see them on Top of the Pops with Killer Queen. Amazingly the recreation of Killer Queen is so exact I had goosebumps. Eventually you see Queen on tour in the USA.
Since this is the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie it would be expected that we spend a good 30 minutes on the recording of this iconic song. It is a very funny section with Roger asking “how many more Gallelios do you want?” and saying “if I go any higher only dogs will hear me”. I’m always looking at musicians to see if they are actually playing the instruments but Rami seems to have been taught which keys to press for Bohemian Rhapsody. The B flat section was correct followed by the Gm etc. So top marks for accuracy to detail.
The USA tours section was well done but I felt the tacky graphics with the town names took a small bit from the overall feeling of the movie. It is only a small thing but they could have done the same thing with road signs , eg. Welcome to Arkansas etc.
I did note that We will Rock you was listed as 1980 on the timeline and Freddie had a moustache which he didn’t have at the time of recording. Again, it’s not a documentary. Brian was recently quoted as saying about the movie that “it’s a tapestry” so it allows for artistic license.
The Hot Space part of the movie shows cracks and the movie shows more of Freddie’s personal life. There is a bit of time spent in Munich as Freddie records his solo projects.For me this was a bit harder to work as you see Queen starting to rift apart with some influence from Paul Prender. I’m not going to say much more for fear of saying too much about the movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review – The Live Aid Sequence
What I will say is that the the Live Aid reconstruction is phenomenal. You get to experience Live Aid almost for real. The camera work is amazing. The band performance is excellent and the emotions run high. I had lumps in the throat and my eyes glassed up with a teary ‘oh my god’ feeling. It is amazing. For me this is The Best Time Travel Experience Ever ! We all have seen the footage of Freddie and Co on stage at Live Aid but to be up there with them is mind blowing.
The casting of Brian May and Freddie Mercury is exactly as you would have expected. Infact, the movie version Brian could be Brian gone back in time, if it was possible. I also think at certain points Rami has become Freddie. Great performance for Rami and co. Lots of nods to familiar things in Queen history.
Overall it’s a fantastic film and a must for every Queen fan. I felt it dropped a small bit in the middle when Freddie ran his house parties but again, it’s part of the actual story of his life. I am not going to give a percentage rating, as every person will get something different from the film. For me it was the musical performances, the humour and seeing the family of Brian, Freddie, Roger and John form and grow Queen.
I hope you enjoyed my Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review and if you have seen it please leave a ‘non spoiler’ comment below and don’t forget to leave your overall rating for Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie.
The Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer is below if you want to wet your appetite (if you have not yet seen it).
Did you know it is 25 years since the song These are the Days of our Lives was released in the USA on 5th September 1991 – Freddie’s last Birthday as he died only a few weeks later. It was then released as a double A side single on 9th December after Freddie’s death and Bohemian Rhapsody became the first song in history to claim the Christmas number one slot twice (with the same version … Live Aid did it with 2 different recordings). So maybe this year it will be Christmas No. 1.
This year marks 25 years of this great song, 25 years since Freddie’s death and if he was still with us, he would be 70
These are the Days of our Lives – Official Video
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On Shane’s Queen Site I have being running a poll to find your favourite Queen song. This poll has been running since 2005 and this years results are in. These are the Top 25 Queen Songs 2011 as voted but the visitors to this website.
There are few surprises in that Bohemian Rhapsody is the Number 1 song again this year with Somebody to Love and Don’t Stop me now in 2nd and 3rd place. The poll was conduced from Jan 1st 2011 to Dec 31st 2011 with 200 Queen songs in the list.
The full result of the Top 25 Queen Songs Poll are as follows;
Somebody To Love
Don’t Stop Me Now
The Show Must Go On
We Are The Champions
Another One Bites The Dust
Love Of My Life
A Kind Of Magic
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
March Of The Black Queen, The
We Will Rock You
Who Wants To Live Forever
I Want to Break Free
Fat Bottomed Girls
Tie Your Mother Down
Seven Seas Of Rhye…
Death On Two Legs
Hammer to Fall
A Winter’s Tale
I will be making a slight change to the Top Queen Song voting system this year which will run from Feb – Nov 2012 and a final vote in December 2012.
Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Freddie Mercury in Queen Movie
Sacha Baron Cohen (best known for playing Ali-G) is set to play the role of Freddie Mercury in a movie about Queen. This is not rumour, as the rock band’s guitarist Brian May confirmed this to the BBC’s HardTalk programme.
Brian May said “We have Sacha Baron Cohen, which will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he’s been talking with us for a long time”.
The film will have the screenplay penned by Frost/Nixon’s Peter Morgan and ‘Queen the film‘, and will mainly focus on the period leading up to Live Aid in 1985. This Queen movie has started development and the working title is “Mercury”. Brian May and Roger Taylor will oversee music which will be featured in the movie.
Funnily enough Peter Morgans previous work include the Oscar-nominated film called “The Queen”.
If you want to see the interview with Brian May, the HARDtalk interview will be broadcast on BBC World News on Thursday 23 September and the BBC News Channel on Friday 24 September.
UPDATE : Sacha Baron Cohen leaves Queen Movie
Sacha Baron Cohen, left the Queen movie project in July 2013. It was rumoured that there was friction between him and the the remaining members of Queen. Apparently, Sacha Baron Cohen had a vision for the Queen movie which was not in line with what Queen’s surviving members, who were the films producers, wanted to create.
Roger Taylor was quoted as saying, “I don’t think he took it seriously enough” and that Saha “didn’t take Freddie seriously enough”.
Sacha Baron Cohen apparently wanted a “warts and all,” movie showing all of Freddie’s lifestyle and Queen did not want this.
Gregg M has compiled a live Queen medley/mash-up to celebrate the life and loss of Freddie Mercury.
This Queen Mash-up is titled ’23 songs in 9 minutes’, it was seen as a fun way to remember or discover songs from the Queen repertoire interpreted by an acoustic duet. The full Queen Mashup video is available below.
The History of the “23 Queen songs in 9 minutes” Mashup
The history of the mash up is very interesting, Gregg was invited as a guest in a ‘Queen evening’ and felt that a simple cover version was not the way to go. Therefore he decided to create something new and challenging, in order to entertain the audience, Gregg says it was “Like a Human Jukebox, actually …. It took a while for me to figure out how to begin the monster and I worked it bit by bit. I separated it in several parts, each including 4 or more songs and then put the pieces together, just like a giant musical jigsaw puzzle. Two days later, and something like 20 hours of musical work of writing, rehearsing and demoing, I sent a draft to my singer (who’s with me in my band, The Sunchase, as well as my ‘twisted covers concept’, the Guest-Sessions) and we rehearsed it bits by bits some days later. We decided it would be more fun if we did not have any chart on stage so we worked really hard to remember everything and went onstage at ‘Le Zèbre’ in Paris the week after that.”
Update : In 2018 I checked the domain http://www.ryancregan.co.uk for the official Ryan Cregan website but the content was unavailable. I will leave this page on Ryan Cregan for historical reference but if you find details about this site please email me and I will update the page in retrospect.
There is an Exclusive discount code if you wish to purchase a print – simply enter the following codes into the discount box at check out on the St. Pauls Gallery website site and you will get an Exclusive Shane’s Queen Site discount of 10% off the normal purchase price.
I have included part of a print as a sample below – kindly submitted by Gemma from the St. Pauls Gallery.
To celebrate the Queen 40th anniversary you are invited to create an original music video for the 1977 classic-rock hit ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ from the News of the World album. The winner will have their piece of video work used as a music video and featured across Queen’s social media channels. This is no mean feat as it will be the first original Queen video since ‘Under Pressure’ in 1999.
The videos must be fresh, innovative, iconic as well as being consistent in quality of editing from both a music and visual aspect. The new videos must also have a balanced inclusion of all the band members.
There are going to be 2 judging rounds:
Round 1: Submit a reel showcasing your video which must feature original content for the chance to be selected as a finalist to go and participate in Round 2.
Round 2: The selected finalists will be provided with the video from the Queen performance from ‘Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl’ of ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ to use as desired. You can if you wish use your own totally original piece if you wish.
Prizes : Prizes include $1,500 along with a Queen gift pack including ‘Second Five Albums’*, ‘Deep Cuts Volume 2’ and an exclusive ‘Live at Wembley’ Fan Flight Case for the winner. Runners-up prizes include a Queen gift pack including ‘Second Five Albums’, ‘Deep Cuts Volume 2’ and a special ‘Live at Wembley’ Deluxe DVD. The 10 highest voted video submissions from Round 2 will be featured the Queen Facebook page, each receive $150 and a signed copy of the ‘News of the World’ Deluxe CD.