SCREEN QUEEN

The best bits of Fred­die and friends on film

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - CHRIS HE­WITT

1 ‘Bo­hemian Rhap­sody’ in Wayne’s World

The se­quence that brought back head­bang­ing (prob­a­bly), Wayne’s World opens with Wayne, Garth and their three friends whose names no­body can ever re­mem­ber, driv­ing around while singing along to Queen’s epic rock opera.

2 ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ in Shaun Of The Dead

Edgar Wright is such a Queen fan that he closes Shaun with ‘You’re My Best Friend’. But it’s hard to top the bit where Si­mon Pegg, Nick Frost and Kate Ash­field beat up a zom­bie with pool cues to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

3 ‘Un­der Pres­sure’ in Grosse Pointe Blank

Martin Q. Blank goes to his high school’s tenth an­niver­sary re­union. At one point, he’s handed a baby. And, as Queen and David Bowie’s col­lab­o­ra­tion builds, the two lock eyes, and sud­denly Blank knows what it is to feel.

4 ‘We Will Rock You’ in A Knight’s Tale

Brian Hel­ge­land’s bonkers fu­sion of me­dieval drama and mod­ern mu­sic sets its stall out with its open­ing cred­its, as a rowdy crowd, ready for some joust­ing fun, bel­low along to ‘We Will Rock You’.

5 ‘Brighton Rock’ in Baby Driver Baby Driver

All through we’re told Baby (Ansel El­gort) has a killer track, but we only get to hear it right at the end. That killer track? ‘Brighton Rock’, with its fu­ri­ous pace and face-melt­ing gui­tar solo. And it’s per­fect.

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