Top: British rock band Queen, circa 1975. Clockwise from front, singer Freddie Mercury, drummer Roger Taylor, bassist John Deacon, and guitarist Brian May. Photo from Billboard.com.
Bottom: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Photo from Firstpost.com.
Having seen this movie twice since its release on November 2, I will be singing Killer Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody for a while and endlessly searching for original albums on vinyl for my collection. As a Queen fan previous to seeing the film, I am pleased to say that the film lived up to my expectations with the vibe I enjoy so much as a fan of rock and roll.
It beautifully captured the progress the band made from starting up at a bar to Freddie Mercury entering when the lead singer quit the original band to their performance at the Live Aid Benefit Concert shortly after Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS. The costumes were well done and very similar to the original band’s back in their heyday, and the casting managed to reflect the original members as well! Rami Malek, who played the daring and confident Freddie Mercury, portrayed his personality and appearance brilliantly, and there is Oscar Buzz around his performance. He even wore a tooth piece to recreate the strange dental configuration that allowed Freddie to have a scale of four octaves. Malek said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that he will “keep [the teeth] in his bedside table” for memories of the filming process.
For any lovers of Queen, the band that invented its own strange operatic rock and roll, I highly recommend seeing this movie while it is still out in theaters!