A Biopic following the band Queen from their inception through to their performance at the 1985 Live Aid gig at Wembley Stadium.
I strongly believe that this film could be used in an interesting study of confirmation bias. This is where someone searches for and recalls information that supports their preexisting opinions on something. And personally, whilst I do not dislike Queen’s music I certainly would not be fussed if I never got to listen to it. This review then is one of general bafflement at all those people who have told me how great this film is.
Essentially this is a Greatest Hits medley of all the most well known songs that skims past a number of milestones in Freddie Mercury and the band’s lives without digging into anything particularly deeply and certainly not casting shade upon anyone. The fact that the band members still with us were creatively involved in the film probably prevented anything too meaty being included. But, if you like a Queen song you are well covered given that the final 20 minutes are essentially a concert film.
There are some incredibly odd moments to say the least as well. The stunt casting of an almost unrecognisable Mike Myers (Wayne’s World) just so he can deliver a badly formed joke about the titular song is bizarre. Whilst the Live Aid sequence continually cutting to the same extras in a concert that had a 100,000 people at it is peculiar.
On a positive note Rami Malek is exceptional as Freddie and really keeps it interesting when he is on-screen.
During the Bohemian Rhapsody section of the film, poor reviews at the time the song was released are emblazoned on the screen. One of them reads “perfectly adequate” and that just about sums it up for me.