When the trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody” initially dropped, I wasn’t in a position to give it my full attention.
It’s not unusual for me to zone out of a conversation with friends or family when a piece of entertainment news hits the fan. This time, to avoid seeming rude (and trying to search my pockets for a pair of headphones), I decided to watch the trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody” without the audio.
Mostly I was curious to see how Rami Malek looks in the lead role, so I figured I’d go back later and watch the trailer with sound.
I ended feeling incredibly disappointed. This movie looked almost good. Some scenes impressed me, while others, especially anything in a recording studio, made me cringe.
At the same time, I suspected that I was missing a big part of the action by not hearing the inevitable “We Will Rock You” playing in time with the actions.
It was only later, when my social interactions had mercifully ended, that I turned the sound all the way up as I gave the trailer another chance.
Wow. It’s funny how much of a difference this made.
Where before I’d been focusing solely on the visuals – on the costumes, and the physical movements of the actors – this time I was buried in the sheer unashamed joy of Queen.
All of this leads me to the somewhat predictable conclusion that this movie’s greatest strength will be the fact that it’ll be punctuated by incredible music.
Music Maketh the Movie
We’ve seen a lot of films lately, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Baby Driver”, “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman”, that have all been elevated to a certain extent by their music.
These films come from disparate genres, but they’ve all, in their own way, shown what can be achieved when music appears in film. The era of the musical is back, and it comes in many forms.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (the movie, not the song) is a film with a troubled production. According to reports, filming shut down entirely for several days when director Bryan Singer went AWOL. It turns out that Fox refused to let him visit his sick mother over a public holiday, and he decided that her health was more important than a tight production schedule.
(Good on Bryan Singer for making the right call!)
Nevertheless, I’m interested to see how this movie turns out. It’s not easy to produce a showstopper under such conditions.
If this film succeeds, though, it’ll most definitely be on the back of some legendarily amazing music.
If you don’t believe me, watch the trailer without the sound and marvel at just how stupid the entire thing looks.