When I worked in radio I remember playing the music of Queen and always singing along. Who has ever heard “We will Rock You” or “We Are the Champions” played at sporting events? I’m sure most of us have. Such classic songs are merely a drop in the bucket of the bands catalogue. Such a classic band led by a charismatic lead singer, Freddie Mercury, was bound to be the subject of a motion picture one day. Well that day has arrived with the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the story of Freddie Mercury and his band. The film, directed by Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) follows the formation of the band Queen, and how lead singer Mercury (real name Farrokh Bulsara and played by Rami Malek) led band mates Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) to world wide fame. We first meet the guys in 1970 where Freddie meets his future band mates in a nightclub after they lose their lead singer. Freddie convinces the musicians to give him a chance, and soon the band becomes very popular locally and begins traveling around the area to perform. While traveling to one of their gigs, Freddie convinces the guys they need to record an album. The first album, based on their unique musical style leads to a contract with EMI Records. While all this is happening, Freddie become engaged and the band begins a tour of the United States where their popularity has exploded. Due to their continued success, Freddie feels the band should further expand their creativity, and despite objections from EMI executive Ray Foster (Mike Myers) the band releases “A Night at the Opera” in 1975 which features the six-minute song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and despite mixed reviews, becomes a world wide hit. During the bands world tour Freddie begins questioning his personal life, and breaks up with his wife Mary (Lucy Boynton), but always wants her in his life. Meanwhile, Freddie’s personal manager Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) convinces the singer he needs to take advantage of a major offer from CBS Records to record solo. The solo effort causes the expected riff in the band, but Freddie is not fazed as he moves to Munich where his life is pretty much controlled by the over protective Prenter. In fact, Freddie has become so overprotected and out-of-touch, he nearly misses a chance to reunite with the band and perform at the massive Live Aid concert in 1985, which was organized to raise money for African famine relief. Thanks to his estranges wife Mary, Freddie learns of the event and hurriedly sets up a meeting with his estranged band mates so they can be part of the historic concerts. The band finally agrees to reunite and prepare via rehearsals for the massive event. Even though they have doubts as to how they will do, when it comes to show time in London’s Wembley Stadium, Freddie has the audience in the palm of his hand, and once again clearly displays how he is a masterful and amazing performer. I suggest you check out the real Queen performance at Live Aid on YouTube. One aspect of the film I will never forget is what Freddie’s father always told him to live by: “Good thoughts, good words, good deeds.” In this age of political polarization, we could certainly learn from such a wise maxim. I loved how the film reveals how the band created many of their famous songs, and how creative they had to be with limited technology. The members of Queen were really a family, and despite frequent spats, really loved each other. The performances in the film are amazing, and the actors playing the band members are astounding, led by Malek in a career defining performance. If Malek isn’t nominated for an Oscar, then I will question the integrity of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With a foot stomping soundtrack, wonderful performances, a crisp script and smart direction, “Bohemian Rhapsody” will leave you ready to crank up the Queen as you head down the highway.