Hello – it’s me.
If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been honestly there’s no exciting excuse, I’ve just been lazy with writing about films. I’m back though! And I’m excited to (softly) re-launch my blog and include a whole lot more than just recent-release reviews, so get ready bitches.
Today, however, I thought I’d talk about the already much talked about ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Instead of contributing to the thousands of reviews out there, I thought I’d give my hot-take on why us millennials are so keen to watch a biopic about a singer who died before most of us could even say “Scaramouche”.
I would count myself as a huge Queen fan. Not to the point where I know a hell of a lot of trivia (like I would with, say, Fleetwood Mac), but enough to say I know all the lyrics to all their (many) top hits. And I would argue that a lot of my friends in my age group would also count themselves as huge fans.
But why? Well, the cynic in me would probably say that with Freddie Mercury’s sad passing in 1991, we were at the perfect age to absorb the “Queen renaissance” that occurred afterwards. And it’s true, for the years following his death, Queen’s greatest hits saw a return to radio, and featured in the soundtrack of many of our childhood movies.
There’s a lot to be said for nostalgia, even if our nostalgia sort of comes from… nostalgia itself. We were there, consuming media faster than lightning while our parents, radio hosts, teachers, and the rest were feeling nostalgic about losing one of the greatest performers of their time.
I can only speak for my own experience, but I remember going to my own sister’s dance competition when I was probably around 4 years old, and being blown away, not by the performances (sorry guys), but by the song ‘Another One Bites the Dust’. Shortly after that in 2000 the New Zealand team won the America’s Cup and I could be wrong, but I remember there being a hell of a lot of ‘We Are the Champion’s’ being played.
And then there was my own foray into dancing (embarrassing) in 2002, where I learned a dance to ‘We Will Rock You’, taught it to my classmates and then had to perform it a shameful amount of times in front of the entire school.
I’m sure as hell I wasn’t the only one who had my childhood constantly peppered with Queen’s greatest hits, and as we grew older and more interested in music, a lot of us started to expand our CD collections, Apple iPod playlists, and eventually Spotify playlists, to include the classics like ‘Bicycle Race’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Somebody to Love’, and all the other many, many great songs by the band.
So while, no, we can’t claim to have “been there” for Live Aid, or anything else, we were there for the renaissance, and our childhoods would’ve sounded a lot different without it.
To me, it makes sense that millennials are rushing to theatres to see the beginnings of the soundtracks of our childhoods. It makes a lot of sense.