'This Movie Is a Piece of Garbage': Bohemian Rhapsody Explained

In just ten days, we’ll be basking in yet another Oscars ceremony, this one with no host, fewer awards, and probably an exponential increase in disaster. To help you prepare for the schadenfreude (revisit last year’s explanations for clarity on this concept), we’ve enlisted our beloved former Jezebel Managing Editor, Madeleine Davies, to walk you through the plot of every Best Picture nominee.

First, the inexplicably ballyhooed, box-office juggernaut Bohemian Rhapsody, a highly entertaining hot mess marred by bad dental prosthetics and an even worse shadow-director, just barely rescued by the sinewy moves of Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury. Madeleine gingerly deals with the pride and the passion in the video above.



I watched this movie yesterday and I’m really baffled by the hype. Sure, the music scenes are great, Rami Malek was good (but nomination-worthy?!?), and I appreciated the attention paid to Freddie Mercury’s love of cats...but the rest was meh. One scene in particular made me cringe: when a producer was trying to talk them out of releasing “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a single and he said something like “No teenagers will ever bang their heads in their cars to this.” HURR HURR it’s funny because of Wayne’s World! Except not.