I left the movie theatre in awe and first thing I do is go on the internet and see if the reviews share my point of view! (Raise your hand if you did that for book and movie reviews haha) but then to my not-so-surprising-anymore, the critics absolutely hate it and you know what, I realized :
For The Music and The Experience
The movie will deliver in the box office no matter what the negative reviews say because it has one essential element that everybody will go out to watch it: the music and the revival of Queen as a band and as a family. A lot of people of my age calling me an old soul because I still have my CD player at home and I have two albums that I played over and over again: Queen and The Beatles. I always found comfort in their music. While The Beatles have a more positive sunshine energy, I listened to Queen for its drive, its appetite, the adrenalin pumping in my veins and its theatrical repercussion. When Rami Malek starts singing the first Queen song, my heart stopped for a few seconds and I find myself jamming to the song and all the lyrics just flow out on its own. It’s like my whole body was prepared for this moment.
I absolutely love seeing the behind the scenes of how each and every song was created. I already adored Queen but after seeing the movie, I realized how I love their songs even more. I didn’t know that was possible.
A big 10/10 for the cast, the acting was on point. From Rami Malek Oscar worthy performance of Freddie Mercury to Gwilym Lee whimsical’s reincarnation of lead guitarist Brian May and Ben Hardy taking on the role of the lead drummer, Roger Taylor. Can you imagine how much pressure Rami Malek has on his shoulders while playing Freddie Mercury? This is a band formed in 1970 and it amazes me how 50 years later, I still know every single it of their songs. My friends listen to at least 4 of their songs in their lifetime without even knowing it. That’s how much Queen is anchored in our culture. Having to reproduce all the single moves on stage, to the emotional distress of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek had to do a lof of research. And it paid off.