Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody’s popularity has kept it in cinemas since October.

Actor Rami Malek brings the confident and charismatic Freddie Mercury back to life.

A solitary man moves confidently towards the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, wearing a white tank top and tight dark jeans. The viewer can only see the back of the singer, and once he’s up on the stage it almost feels like you are there with him. It is the 13th of July, 1985, and about 72,000 people have gathered at the Live Aid concert to be a part of Queen’s performance.

Viewers of this film are transported into the most fascinating and defining parts of Mercury’s life,  and get a look at the heart of timeless British rock band Queen. Despite the film having lots of music (well, duh?) and humorous bits, there is a palpable sadness and melancholy all the way through it. The director, Bryan Singer, has managed quite well to demonstrate the low points of Freddy’s life as well as the highs. Mercury often struggled with loneliness, love and identity as he entered the world of fame and it is noticeable.

Malek, the 37-year-old lead, looks very much like the real Freddie Mercury, but it’s his deft imitations of Mercury’s personality traits and characteristic movements that really elevate the performance. The other band members are portrayed impressively as well: Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon.

When I was young, I went to music school for six years and we used to sing Queen songs in the choir. So for me, the movie was strangely personal. I feel like many other viewers will share this feeling.

One of these song was the iconic six minute long anthem that the film was named after, written by Mercury for their album “A Night at the Opera”. As I sang their tunes at an early age, I made an emotional connection to the band – and I must say that the Queen cinema experience was a pleasant nostalgic journey.

Click here to see the trailer.

Boris Johnson held anticipated speech at the Conservative Conference

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson held a speech at the Conservative Conference in Birmingham, in which he shared his thoughts on Brexit, saying that the idea of a second referendum is ‘infamous’.

The former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, began his speech by expressing worry about the Tories losing their basic belief in freedom.

He then continued to address what happens if the UK leaves the EU on wrong terms.

“Do not believe that we can somehow get it wrong now and fix it later – get out properly next year, or the year after. Total fantasy,” he said.

Johnson also expressed critique against Chequers claiming that, if it is agreed, it will support those people who are calling for a second referendum.

“These are the same people, incidentally, who explicitly told the electorate that there was no going back, that voting leave meant leaving the customs union and the single market, and that there was no way they would be asked again.”

Johnson finished his speech at the press conference by urging ‘our friends’ to support the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

“I urge our friends in government to deliver what the people voted for, to back Theresa May in the best way possible, by softly, quietly, and sensibly backing her original plan. And in so doing to believe in conservatism and to believe in Britain.

“Because if we get it wrong we will be punished. And if we get it right we can have a glorious future,” he continued.

 

‘Jeremy Corbyn is a threat to our national security’ – Home Secretary Sajid Javid holds speech at the Conservative Conference

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During the third day of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid held a speech addressing immigration and security.

During the press conference, Javid said:

“Home is where you feel safe, comfortable and in control. That is exactly what we want the UK to be.”

He also mentioned the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, saying that he is a ‘threat to our national security’ and that it is ‘our duty to stop him.’

During the press conference, he spoke about the safety of the country, saying that ‘we will fight fear with optimism.’ He announced a new £200 million endowment fund, which will target young people who may risk starting a life of violence and crime.

“We know that one of the causes of the rise of serious violence is changes in the market for illegal drugs. We need a much better understanding of who drug users are, what they take, how often they take it, and so much more. So I will launch a major review of the market for illegal drugs.”

Javid also expressed his thoughts on Brexit: “If Brexit feels like a dividing line in our country now… just imagine what it would feel like if we didn’t follow-through with the result of the referendum.”

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