Freddie Mercury was Somebody To Love – I think we can all agree on that! With Freddie comes Queen, one of the most epic bands of all time with hits that include songs like We Are The Champions, Fat Bottomed Girls, and the list goes on and on. So it’s about time someone made a movie about this brilliant, beloved band!
Writer Anthony McCarten is a biopic (a biographical movie) pro, having recently written two films, one about Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and another about Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, both of which respectively won many awards. Therefore, it’s rather perplexing with so much experience in recounting history accurately and portraying those men perfectly that Bohemian Rhapsody fell so far short. It’s one thing to dramatize and embellish minor details for the big screen, after all we want to be entertained, but it’s quite another to tell a false narrative. Now I want to be clear, like I said, audiences want to be entertained and this feel good and at times laugh out loud film will do exactly that, entertain, with a career best performance by Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) that will blow you away. But Mr. McCarten, why couldn’t you entertain us AND tell the truth at the same time? For one, Queen never broke up and Freddie never went solo. Secondly, Queen had been on tour for months before Live Aid, therefore this was not a “reunion” as told by McCarten. Lastly and most importantly, Freddie Mercury didn’t know he had HIV/AIDS until two years after Live Aid. What purpose did it serve to add and edit their history? Queen already had a moving story to tell, so to inaccurately portray their lives and the circumstances around the band does a disservice not only to them, but also to audiences who are left having been entertained, but sadly with no truth behind it. Hey, maybe McCarten played We Will Rock You one too many times and switched the “we” for “I”.
Bottom line: Malek’s incredible depiction of Freddie makes up for McCarten’s mishaps therefore he alone places the film in the history buff category. And yet Another One Bites The Dust in this important category – get it right people!
Side note: In the wake of the #metoo movement, since when should films with any association to this be awarded? Cough, director Bryan Singer (X-Men) who has several sexual misconduct allegations against him including raping a 17-year-old boy and forcing minors to strip naked for his movies. Charming…