ODEON Magazine Issue 106 - September/October 2018 - Page 24

fter nearly a decade in development Queen’s formation in the 1970s and the band’s hell, the Queen biopic is finally here. 1985 appearance at the Live Aid fund-raising And believe us when we say that concert (considered by those in the know to Bohemian Rhapsody, in ODEON be one of greatest performances of all time). cinemas from 24 October, was well worth Freddie’s ill health – the singer was the wait. With founding diagnosed with AIDS band members Brian in 1987 according to his May (lead guitarist) and partner Jim Hutton, but Roger Taylor (drums) struggled with symptoms offering invaluable insight for several years before as producers and Mr. that – is respectfully Robot’s Rami Malek addressed and we also pitch-perfect as Queen get to see the inspiration Bryan Singer frontman Freddie behind many of the Mercury, it’s a faithful, group’s greatest hits, foot-stomping ode to one of the great including the titular ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. bands of the 20th century and their (“This is when the operatic section comes in...”) flamboyant, rule-breaking lead singer. Unique sound ‘The only thing more extraordinary than “Roger, there’s only room in this band for one their music is his story’ promises the film’s hysterical queen,” says Freddie at one point tagline. And director Bryan Singer (X-Men) in the film, and indeed, of the quartet it was definitely doesn’t short-change us. Bohemian Mercury who more often than not stole the Rhapsody chronicles the period between “It’s about collaboration. It’s a celebration” 24 odeon.co.uk