Is This The Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?


"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?'

Critics, this should your FIRST CLUE about why Bohemian Rhapsody is a phenomenal movie. 

Let me preface this by saying, I am a HUGE Queen fan.  I think that Freddie Mercury is, hands down, the GREATEST voice in rock and roll...EVER.

My first introduction to Queen was sneaking my older sister's albums "A Night At The Opera" and "The Game" out of her room in 1979 and taking them down in the basement to listen to them and memorize the lyrics. Sis was not happy about this at the time, and I remember distinctly being regularly threatened with bodily harm if I continued to steal them from her room...which I did.  FYI, the beating she threatened was never received.

I remember watching with great anticipation Live Aid and for Queen to come on stage, and when they did, they rocked the house, I had goosebumps for days...NO ONE ELSE at that concert, even my other favorite bands gave me goosebumps.

When I heard the news on November 24, 1991 that Freddie had died, I cried for hours and retreated to my room to play Queen's albums over and over.  The greatest voice in rock and roll was dead.

So when I heard the first inklings about a movie, I was so excited.  Then as rumors surfaced there were problems with the production I got worried, then as the trailers were released, I got excited again, I couldn't WAIT to see it.

When I started seeing reviews, which were mixed.  I didn't think much of it, a review never stopped me from seeing a movie I wanted to see. But when I started seeing some that used the words 'offensive', 'embarrassment', 'colossal disappointment,' etc, I really got pissed off. 

To those who have complained about: songs being out of order, a skewed timeline, the treatment of Freddie's solo career, his AIDS diagnosis, downplaying sexuality, how Freddie met Jim Hutton, his relationship with Mary, etc.... I say to you...go screw yourself.

This was NOT billed as a documentary about Freddie Mercury or Queen.  It's MOVIE, that is INSPIRED by life events. The purpose of a movie is to, first and foremost, ENTERTAIN the audience.  This movie did that, unless, of course, you're some uptight critic who's perpetually pissed off who walked in ready to pick it apart.

To include everything these critics wanted included in the film in the exact order in which it happened...this film would have been 5 hours long, not that I would have minded that at all, but that wasn't the point of THIS film.

Here's what they're all forgetting. 

Freddie Mercury always wanted it to be about the music, not about his personal life. 

He had no interest in being a poster boy for a community or disease, now maybe you think that's wrong, but it was his life, his decision.  

This movie in my opinion totally reflected Freddie's wish that it always be ABOUT THE MUSIC.  The fact that the movie told the story that he knew and subsequently told his band  mates about being HIV positive before Live Aid isn't the point.  It's about the MUSIC.

Yes, artistic license was taken, and as a Queen fan who has been listening to their music for 36 years, I have ZERO problem with that. As I said on Facebook after seeing the movie: 

My heart is full, it did not disappoint. I LOVED every second of the 2 hours and 13 minutes. A wonderful tribute to Freddie Mercury and the music of #Queen. Rami Malek did Freddie proud..every move, every mannerism was on point...I laughed, I bawled, I cheered and the music continued to give me goosebumps. If Malek doesn't get nominated for an Oscar I'll be very disappointed. This movie reminded me how much the world and I miss #TheGreatestVoiceInRockAndRoll

No critic will ever convince me this wasn't a great movie. So don't even try.

After the movie, I was convinced that a whole new generation was brought to the music of Queen, and I have to tell you, with some of the music out there right now, I couldn't be happier about that. 

If you, like me, wondered what happened to Mary Austin and Jim Hutton.  You can find out more about them by reading thisand this.

For your enjoyment, I posted some videos here as well. If you haven't seen it yet, before going watch the video at the top of the page for the band's performance at Live Aid...you will thank me when you go see the movie.  While they didn't recreate the entire thing for the movie, they did recreate a large portion of it and rumor has it the director's cut will have the entire thing! 

Here's the final trailer. 

Rami Malek talking about becoming Freddie Mercury.

People are also asking did Rami Malek sing?  Was it Freddie's vocals.

Sort of.

According to Noise11.com:

"Malek is singing over Freddie’s vocals but to make it sound authentic Marc Martel was recruited to even out the soundtrack.

“They hired me to do some of the singing in the movie and give the audience an immersive experience and not be able to tell where the singing is coming from,” said Martel to Noise11.”It is to make the audience believe they are really watching Freddie Mercury sing. I got to go to Abbey Road for a few weeks and do some recording there. It was the first time for me to see behind the curtain in the music industry. It was really fascinating fun and a very memorable experience.”

Martel recorded his parts before the movie started shooting. “The way it works in movies is that the actor played his part based on their performance so all of the music had to be prepared before shooting,” Marc said.


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