If nothing else, the look is nailed once he puts those aviators on.
There was a considerable amount of criticism levied at the first trailer for seemingly glossing over real Freddie’s history of same-sex attractions and relationships. We were initially more interested in whether they got the look right (which they did) and the sound right (ditto, since they used Mercury’s vocals), but the complaints had merit. This trailer appears to address the criticisms, although the few scenes of male/male interaction have a weirdly sinister/coy undertone to them.
Still, we can’t really say if this is an issue with the final film. We’re willing to wait and assess it for ourselves. With this soundtrack and the visuals provided by the costume design (way more pics below), it seems to us that the selling points are pretty obvious. We’re slightly less enamored of Rami Malek in the role now that we’ve seen a bit more of him. As we said, put him in the right costume and he looks great, but there’s something about his naturally soft speaking voice that just doesn’t jibe with the real Freddie’s singing voice. We have no doubt he can play queer and he seems to be doing pretty okay playing British, but we’re not sure he can pull off the kind of bombast and charisma the role begs for.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
The film stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.
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