Bohemian Rhapsody: 3 J-Term Experiences

Bohemian Rhapsody: 3 J-Term Experiences

By Celina Kaur

During J-Term, three different classes went to the AMC Theatres to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody.

The “History of Rock and Roll” J-term class went to see the movie to observe how the band, Queen, incorporated different ideas and mixed genres to produce their music. In the movie, there is a scene in which Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) speaks on how they mix opera with rock for the album “A Night At The Opera.”

In Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen faces problems with their record label since the song is too long to go on radio, which touches base on topics covered in class on how radio affected artists.

It also gave the class an accurate idea of how artists feared “selling out.”

This is displayed when a record label encourages Freddie to make his own album for four million dollars using Michael Jackson as an example. This causes a rift in the band and is displayed as a dark time for Freddie.

The “LGBTQ+” J-term class went to see the movie to understand the impact of AIDS and get a better understanding of how Freddie explored his sexuality.

At first, Freddie comes out as bisexual, however, in the future, he is confirmed gay and pursues many men as a “fling” as portrayed in the movie.

Freddie Mercury dies due to complications with AIDS. The emotional impact of his death and the days before his Live-Aid performance emphasize the effect of the losses due to the illness.

The portrayal of the spread of AIDS among the mass of America’s population helped the “LGBTQ+” J-Term class have a better understanding of the disease.

We went to see Bohemian Rhapsody to follow Freddie on his journey through his sexuality,” said Madilyn Delgado.

The “Film” J-term class went to see the movie to write short reviews about the elements of Bohemian Rhapsody such as sound, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and acting.

The popular response was neutral. Most of the class either didn’t like it, enjoyed it, or felt alright with it.

Each student had to write a review. Here is Graham Hastings’s:

“I’ll admit, I had a lot more fun than I would have If I knew more about Queen.

There are so many things about this film that are unreal, only added for cheap emotion and dramatic effect.

Which makes me disappointed in the final product, however, it doesn’t take much away from the initial impact for me. All of the actors are at their A-game, including Rami Malek who gives a stunning and fantastic performance.

The way the story progresses had me interested, and even if many elements are fake, I’m willing to get over it because we get to see more of Newton Thomas Sigel’s slick cinematography.

The editing was really flawed and didn’t help with the pacing, but the musical sequences are where the movie shines the most, the film knows it.

The Live Aid performance at the end goes on for a long time. Even if it’s a predictable and flawed film, I still enjoyed it. ” -Graham Hastings

All three classes were able to view the movie together, and most of the students seemed to enjoy the trip!

Image courtesy of the AV Club. 

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