‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Biopic Gives Freddie Mercury Agency Over His Sexuality and Illness

Though “Bohemian Rhapsody” today is a song so enduringly popular that it can be pulled off of just about any willing (or unwilling) listener’s lips, the song originally received among critics a scattered, halting applause, mingled with the jeering of popular publications that called it “pretentious and irrelevant,” or, more creatively, a “brazen hodgepodge.”