Last night I watched this amazing movie in an IMAX movie theatre. It was the first day of release over here. Like most of you I love the songs of Queen and sadness still fills me when thinking of the loss of Freddie. Although I am not used to making movie reviews and also I basically don’t have time to do so. But this movie is really worth it when even I am doing it in a nutshell.
I am amazed by the performance of the actors. Rami Malek, who plays Freddie, is fantastically imitating Freddie’s way to move, dance, his mimic, expressions… stunning!
I am also surprised by how similar the actors look to the original Queen members.
The movie shows in funny and also dramatic ways how the band came together, their struggles with each other and how at the same time those struggles improved the quality of the songs. Regarding the movie, Freddie’s conviction (and arrogance) about himself, his passion for music, and about the band, in general, pushed the fast success of Queen. But he also challenged the band over and over again with his talent and his egocentric. Who knew what inner fight he had been dealing with. And that is what this movie conveys in a way that makes you feel even more tragic about Freddie’s death. Of course, the movie cannot picture his whole inner world and difficulties but only what it conveys is giving us even more understanding and respect for him.
At the end of the movie, parts of the Life Aid performance of Queen was reproduced and compared to the original I am amazed again about the perfection of the actors and production overall. That event brought the band together again. You can check it out the original excerpt of the Life Aid concert from 1985 at the end of this post.
To sum it up:
Goosebumps, touching, moving, awesome music, a movie that takes you back in your own history and connects with the spirit of a generation, a passion for a life goal, and last but not least for the soul, its way and what it left for us not only regarding the music.
What I thought when leaving the movie center was, how crazy it is that most of the greatest artists lead the most difficult life behind the scenes… Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Prince, … , and of course, Freddie Mercury.
Go and watch that movie if you can!
In Love and Light