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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

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  Almost thirty years after Freddie Mercury’s death, Bohemian Rhapsody has been released. The movie could soon become a record holder for the highest money earned by a documentary, as it has already amassed $500 million after being released on November 2nd.

  Members of Queen are satisfied with the job the film has done. Since the release, Queen’s music has also been getting more attention because of the movie.

  Victoria Castillo (10), a fan of Queen who has seen Bohemian Rhapsody twice so far, enjoyed the ending of the movie. She said, “This is where [Mercury] finds out that he has family and can depend on them to help him… The ending is very powerful because he inspires many people.”

  On the other hand, some critics believe the movie does a better job of chronicling the band’s rise to stardom rather than an in-depth look at not only Mercury, but Queen as well. Many also think Bohemian Rhapsody does not acknowledge Mercury’s sexuality well enough.

  According to NME, Rami Malek, who plays Mercury, explained how although he would have liked to explore these subjects, there just is not enough time. He said, “[Bohemian Rhapsody] is never going to be perfect in fulfilling the story of a man who we could make countless documentaries about and countless miniseries about.”

  During production, there were some difficulties faced by the crew. Director Bryan Singer was fired from the movie before it was finished due to him leaving the movie while unauthorized. In addition, the film was also put at a halt when Sacha Baron Cohen left. Malek ended up taking Cohen’s place as Mercury.

  Jenny Hoang (10), a viewer of the movie, said, “I think Rami Malek did an insanely good job of capturing Freddie. The movie… [shines] light on what it was like being not only gay during the AIDS crisis, but being the leader of one of the most powerful bands in the world, which is really important.”

  Whether Bohemian Rhapsody is a thrilling celebration of a beloved band or a superficial collection of snapshots, it is in theaters now for viewers to find out for themselves.

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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

Danielle Perea is a Staff Writer for Smoke Signals. She enjoys music, playing the tenor saxophone, and chillin with her homie (her pet guinea pig.)

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