“The music you know. The story you don’t.”
Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t ready to bite the dust yet as the official trailer for the biopic was launched on May 15 and has already crossed 3 million views. The biopic of Freddie Mercury (the frontman) and the legendary rock band, Queen, is finally taking shape and rock n' roll fans cannot contain their excitement.
Fans have been waiting for the movie since 2010, when they initially started filming. The movie has come a long way tackling problems with the cast and direction. Sacha Baron Cohen who was initially cast for the role of Freddie Mercury, is probably beating himself up right now as the movie looks like it is on the run to becoming a huge hit. The role of Freddie Mercury was re-cast with Rami Malek and it is unbelievable how much he resembles and even sounds like Freddie Mercury.
The directors—Bryan Singer, Tom Hooper, Dexter Fletcher—have done a brilliant job to revive the legend of the band. The casting has been done beautifully and the costumes and makeup are absolutely spot on. Brian May and Roger Taylor, the original members of Queen, came together for the music of the movie so there is no question of whether justice will be done to the music or not.
One look at the trailer and you can be assured that they will be tracing the musical journey of the band and not turn it into a sappy romantic film. The trailer features a snippet of them recording the hit song Bohemian Rhapsody with Mercury casually saying: “This is when the operatic section comes in” to a puzzled Brian May (the lead guitarist). Large concerts with Mercury’s extravagant costumes capture the band’s true essence and lifestyle. There have been criticisms against the creators for not addressing Mercury’s sexuality or the fact that he died of AIDS. However, it is still too soon to judge the movie and we’ll have to wait and see.
Choosing their masterpiece, Bohemian Rhapsody, as the movie title was one of the best decisions they made. The song—so complex, strange and pure genius—clearly describes the band. There hasn’t been another band in the history of music to top this creative ensemble of various styles in one song.
Individually, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor, are brilliant musicians and when they teamed up, it was sensational.
Judging by the trailer alone, the movie looks like a big hit already. It is set to hit the theatres on October 24 in the UK and November 2 in the US.