Mercury Rising

Seen in a movie theater at 4:00 on a weekday afternoon, the audience was made up of six senior ladies, a younger couple, and some boys on their way home from high school, backpacks and all.

The movie was Bohemian Rhapsody.

The topic was Freddy Mercury and Queen.

The review  — It was pretty interesting if not a bit rearranged for dramatic effect.

Memories of Queen

  1. Aerobics class taught at Lewis Central Middle School in the 80’s. Me teaching 7th graders to dance to Another One Bites the Dust.
  2. Oldest daughter playing the entire song of Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano at a high school band concert while I sat in the audience with my mouth open. I didn’t know she was going to do that.
  3. We Will Rock You blasted from the Little League speakers behind our house in the early 2000’s.
  4.  Wayne’s World using Bohemian Rhapsody to open the movie. No wonder my kids knew the song. I checked it out on YouTube just now, with 5,082,015 views so far.

Everyone, from the Muppets to the Pentatonix, has covered Bohemian Rhapsody.

Other songs by Queen that I recognize are Killer Queen,Somebody to Love, Fat Bottomed Girls, We Are the Champions, and Under Pressure.

My all-time favorite song by Queen is Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Each song showed up in the movie, even if only for a little bit.

It was the best $8.50 (for a senior citizen matinee ticket) I spent all week. And I shop at thrift stores!

One of my movie mates said the movie portrayed Freddy Mercury in a much more flamboyant way than he really was. I disagree. I think he was plenty flamboyant on stage and the movie showed him with pretty good accuracy. The costumes were replicas of what he actually wore to perform in.

Freddy Mercury may have been ahead of his time, at least in his sexuality. Gays were not open about it in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  But judging from Thursday’s audience made up of seniors, we appreciated him back then, and the young boys with their backpacks appreciate him now. They never got to see him perform. 

I mostly heard Freddy Mercury on the radio, not knowing his name, just that he was part of Queen.  It wasn’t until the runner-up for American Idol in 2009, Adam Lambert, was compared to Freddy Mercury, did I pay attention to his name. Adam wore eyeliner and mascara and painted his fingernails black.

It’s always fun to learn something new about something old in your brain. Now when I hear a Queen song, I will appreciate the man who had the killer voice in Bohemian Rhapsody and every other Queen song I loved back in the day.

Couldda Wouldda Didda

I acted like a retiree and saw a movie on a Thursday afternoon.

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