“Bohemian Rhapsody” might not be your favorite song, but when it comes on everyone sings along to every word.
Talk about a Queen biopic has been floating around since 2010. Freddie Mercury was first going to be played by Sacha Baron Cohen, but that didn’t happen because the remaining members of Queen didn’t like his take on the artist’s life story. Cohen wanted to concentrate on the behind the scenes mayhem Mercury was so infamous for. Queen didn’t.
Instead they got Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, who definitely looks the part, but what I can’t wrap my head around is a story about Queen that doesn’t include Mercury’s chaos.
Then in December of last year the original director, Bryan Singer, got fired in the middle of production for unprofessional behavior. He reportedly skipped work for days and got into outrageous fights with the cast and crew, including Malek, when he showed up. After Singer was sacked, Dexter Fletcher picked up directing.
So it feels like this film has been jinxed since the start.
Now, with the release of its first official trailer it still doesn’t feel right. Don’t get me wrong, it looks like it’ll be entertaining and Malek seems to really have the character down. But the story seems lackluster. The rockstar’s last request was to never make him boring and they seem to have done just that.
The trailer features live performance shots and studio scenes, but not much else. This is a guy who was rumored to hire little people to carry around silver trays of cocaine at his parties, who apparently would have sex backstage between songs to “refresh” himself and his biopic is concentrating simply on his career? I mean, that should definitely be a big focus of the film, but come on—we want to see the juicy stuff. And I’m sure Mercury would’ve too.
Mercury used to say he hated interviews, but obviously he did them and he wanted the world to get to know his character, not just his music. This man lived a wildly interesting life and he wants to be known for that. And I’m afraid this trailer just does not seem like it’s doing him justice.
As a Queen fan I’m definitely going to see the movie when it comes out November 2, but as a Freddie Mercury fan I’m afraid of how the film will actually turn out.