What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Enchanted Kingdom’


BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (2018) Stream on HBO platforms. Few songs are as evocative of an American summer as those of Queen, whether you’re stomping along to “We Will Rock You” at a baseball game or belting out “Don’t Stop Me Now” at a backyard barbecue. Sure, Freddie Mercury and his bandmates were from England, but Queen’s music continues to reverberate across American culture, a phenomenon this Academy Award-winning biopic explores. Rami Malek (wearing a convincing set of prosthetic teeth) plays the Queen frontman in the film, which charts the band’s dazzling rise and experimental songwriting, alongside some of Mercury’s personal struggles. Although Malek’s performance earned him an Oscar for best actor, the New York Times critic A.O. Scott wrote that the film doesn’t do enough to capture “the glorious and unlikely artifice of Queen itself, a band whose scrambling of sexual and musical codes remains a remarkable phenomenon in the history of popular culture.”



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