Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review Headlines Ranked
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody is now in theaters, and, even though reviews for the movie have been mixed, critics can agree on one thing: They love using Queen lyrics and song titles in their headlines.
We've scoured the internet to find our favorites, which you can see below.
The most common song that made its way into the headlines wasn't the obvious one, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Instead, many headlines tip readers off as to whether the film will or will not rock you. Still, even those that said that the movie decidedly won't had to admit that Rami Malek's portrayal of Freddie Mercury will.
Other outlets went deeper into Queen's catalog to varying effect. CNN's attempt to pick a line from "Don't Stop Me Now" ("Bohemian Rhapsody delivers a good time, not a ball") won points for originality, but suffered due to its labored execution; Monsters and Critics' use of the same tune ("Don't stop Rami now") was considerably smoother. Other Queen tracks that made their way into headlines included "Killer Queen," "A Kind of Magic" and "The Show Must Go On."
Negative reviews, however, offered a chance for headline writers to use the band's lyrics against the film. Both NPR and Student Edge referred to the film as "no pleasure cruise," and two outlets said it "bites the dust." A few sites even went outside the band for wordplay: RTE Ireland played up the regal theme of the band's name, but went with a different '70s band, Steely Dan, in calling the film "a bit of a royal scam," while National Review simply wrote "God save Queen."
But the most scathing use of a Queen lyric that we found was by Peter Sobczynski of eFilmCritic, who wrote, "It isn't just the wind that blows here."
Check out how they stack up below.