TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 3, 2018
You know, hearing and seeing Rami Malek talk about playing Freddie Mercury, you don't expect him to embody the character so thoroughly. Then you see him with that cookie duster, posing with a mic stand, and you say, "Holy shit, they resurrected Freddie Mercury."
Next month's Bohemian Rhapsody is being hyped as one of the can't miss movies of the fall, and the more we see of Malek in action as Mercury, the more excited fans get. I've wanted this movie for a long time, and short of Todd Haynes giving Freddie the Velvet Goldmine treatment he deserves, this is probably the best possible version of this story that could exist.
It'll play like a hagiography, for sure, because the living band members all have producer credits and were involved in the production of this thing, so expect a bit of softening around the edges. Still, the fact that we're getting a Mercury/Queen biopic at all is nothing short of a miracle considering how many times they've tried and failed to get it off the ground in the past.
Either way, it'll be fun to see Queen on the big screen in a big theater with great sound. Does such a place exist anymore? Let me know if it does, because it's not located near me. Bohemian Rhapsody opens November 2.