‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is one of those songs you simultaneously love and hate. You can’t help but love the colorful lyrics and vocals, and you begin to hate yourself for wanting to belt out the lyrics ala Freddie Mercury whenever you hear the song in public.
But did you know that when you translate the song into a short film, it makes for a wonderfully gritty crime thriller?
For starters, the lyrics start off with the main character lamenting the choices he has made in life.
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.
And we’re taken back to the beginning where he has committed a crime and he explains it all to his mother.
Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
It’s the age-old story of a man who wants to run away from the crime he has committed, and thus is saying goodbye to his mother. His life has just begun, but now he’s gone and thrown it all away.
That could have been the end of it, but there’s no way his crime will go unpunished. Instead, he is cornered by cops demanding his surrender, and him (and his mother) begging for mercy.
I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me.
He’s just a poor boy from a poor family,
Spare him his life from this monstrosity.
But alas, no crime goes unpunished, and the man is left to suffer the consequences.
Watch the video here:
Unfortunately, the climax of the song that goes “So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye? So you think you can love me and leave me to die?” didn’t make it to the short film.
Still, it’s a pretty awesome literal translation of a classic rock song!