Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody poster

New Regency Pictures
 Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton
Directed by: Bryan Singer

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: The story of the rise to fame of the band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).

Cat Cattle Call: It is well known that singer Freddie Mercury was a huge lover of cats and as such cats are well represented in the film. The cats are shown around Mercury’s homes, and several shots are devoted to the cats alone. One of the opening shots shows Mercury walking past his many cats as they eat from their bowls.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats eating from food bowls on floor as Freddie Mercury Rami Malek walks by

The cats also watch as he drives away to perform at Live Aid.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats looking out of window

Cats are present in the early years when Mercury was living with his lifelong friend and fiancee Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton).

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby kitten poking head up

Bohemian Rhapsody - orange and white tabby walking on piano keys

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat running past doorway

Bohemian Rhapsody - black cat approaching beaded doorway

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat sitting on bed

While the band is touring the U.S., Mercury is talking to Mary over the phone and asks of the cats Tom and Jerry can hear him. He then asks Mary if she can put Romeo on the phone so he can tell the cat he misses him.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Mary Lucy Boynton petting tabby cat while on phone with other tabby cat on couch behind

The cats even watch as Mary eventually walks out on Mercury, although they remain friends.

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat on bed in background behind Freddie Mercury Rami Malek and Mary Lucy Boynton

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cats watch as Mary Lucy Boynton leaves

When Mercury moves into a larger house in London he explains that each cat can have its own room, Delilah’s by the kitchen, Miko next door, and Tiffany, Oscar and Romeo upstairs. And a large room for Lily.

Bohemian Rhapsody - ginger tabby cat sitting on floor

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey tabby cat lying on bed

A few of the cats are seen in the latter part of the film. One is eating breakfast on a table with Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody - tortoiseshell cat eating on table with Freddie Mercury Rami Malek

Two cats watch as Mercury warms up his voice for Live Aid.

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey and ginger tabby cats sitting on chair looking up

The cats are seen watching the Live Aid performance on television as well.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats in living room watching Freddie Mercury Queen Live Aid performance on television

As the end credits begin, a photo of Mercury and his boyfriend Jim is shown with Jim holding a tabby cat.

Bohemian Rhapsody - photo of Freddy Mercury and boyfriend Jim holding tabby cat

The cat actors were provided by Stunt Dogs and Animals, Ltd.

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey tabby and ginger tabby sitting on bed

Cinema Cats follower Elisabeth Riba was kind enough to send us some further information about Freddie Mercury and his cats, as well as other cats connected to the band Queen. The liner notes of Freddie’s first solo album included the line “This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else!”

Many of the interactions shown in the film were based on real life. While touring, Freddie would regularly phone home and have his housekeepers or assistants hold each cat up to the phone so he could talk to them.

Some of the cats Mercury loved were Tom, Jerry, Oscar, Tiffany, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, Lily, Dorothy and Delilah. Delilah was his favorite, and he even wrote this song about her:

In his final video, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Freddie wore a custom-made vest illustrated with pictures of his cats.

Freddie left his house and most of his possessions to his close friend, Mary, who took care of his cats for the rest of their natural lives.

But Freddie wasn’t the only cat-lover in the band. One of the earliest photos of Brian May with his Red Special guitar (taken in 1963) shows him playing for Squeaky, the family cat. And Brian’s childhood pet cat Pixie inspired the 1977 song, “All Dead, All Dead.” We will be writing up the animated music video for the song next week!

Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May with his black cat Squeaky

Final Mewsings: We love people who love cats!

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