YMMV / We Will Rock You

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Oh, so many
    • Proposed by his original actor: Khashoggi is a Bohemian sympathiser, and is working within the system to bring about its downfall. Given that he is essentially the person who puts events in motion, there is support for this one.
    • Is Killer Queen really a Corrupt Corporate Executive? Maybe she's just trying to run the planet the best she can, and stop people being hurt by the rebel uprising who are searching for something long lost?
      • Admittedly, the earlier productions make it clear that the Killer Queen simply runs the world to her own whims, and is trying to stop the Bohemians because they don't want to play her game, and she doesn't understand why.
    • Then we come to the theories on Galileo and Scaramouche, the most popular of which run along the lines of them being the reincarnations (or alternately in the latter case, the descendant) of Freddie Mercury and Brian May.
      • Earlier runs of the show invoked this (with varying levels of emphasis) in the case of Scaramouche. The Bohemians make much of the hairy guitar god Bri-An, whose mighty axe will be instrumental in bringing on The Rhapsody. When Scaramouche plays the guitar, Pop realises "The Hairy God of Rock is back, and he's a girl?!"
  • Awesome Music: The whole musical.
    Screen: Do you want a Bohemian Rhapsody?
    *Audience cheers*
    Screen: ...Oh go on then.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The first U.S. production lasted sixteen months at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. While not an instant flop, the one-act Compressed Adaptation rarely played to capacity audiences and critics, while not vicious, were underwhelmed. The North American tour (showing the full version) a decade later did better.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Khashoggi to some fans. To be fair, it's never quite clear where his Character Alignment lies. It is agreed amongst fans that he may be the only competent employee of Globalsoft as it all seems to go very badly after he is removed from his position.
  • Ear Worm: You will come out of the theatre singing these songs. Remember, "its not just a title, its a promise".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A surprising number of the background Bohemians are popular throughout the fandom.
  • Fridge Logic: Why did Khashoggi leave Galileo and Scaramouche in the same room, considering he knew the full prophecy?
    • Actually explained vocally in the Las Vegas production: He does it on purpose.
  • Hollywood Homely: It's assumed Scaramouche is meant to be this.
  • Past-Life Memories: One interpretation of why Galileo dreams the lyrics to all the songs and Scaramouche can instantly play the guitar she's just picked up, is that they are the reincarnations of Freddie Mercury and Brian May.
  • Vindicated by History: The show was absolutely savaged by the critics when it opened in 2002, where only the individual performances of a few of the cast were remarked upon positively, and faced cancellation twice, but still sold out many shows on a routine basis, and lasted them a good 12 years at the Dominion Theatre, as one of the longest-running shows in the West End.
    • That's mostly because it underwent a drastic rewrite after the opening weeks. Ben Elton admits they didn't get the show right until the Australian version a year later (with many of the changes funnelled back to the West End version).