As far as realism goes, Brian May looks like himself. No other cast member resembles their character, especially not Rami Malik who plays Freddie Mercury. Besides that, when he talks he doesn’t sound like him. Rami is making a different voice but it isn’t the singer fans know of. But I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg, on several levels this film is a sellout mess.
The real McCoy:
Malik’s Mess (ignore the music, he lip syncs the original Queen):
Directing an Xmen movie apparently does not prepare you to do an effective biopic of a rock band. This film is proof that our director Bryan Singer lost his vision for this film.
The writing is fragmented at times. Suddenly the setting will change and there is no development as to why. It could have been a great time to show how they write but it didn’t happen. We are reduced to “Can you go higher?” as the genius for recording a signature part of BR.
Anyone who’s written or recorded will tell you it wouldn’t be said that way. Words like “play the middle note,” “the 3rd or the 5th” or “octave” would be used. As such they are insulting a trained musician and reducing him to an episode of “Wayne’s World.”
My understanding of Mercury’s marriage and his “endless” amount of lovers would not be portrayed this way. They should have shown what he was doing and the dark side he had. This is relevant! The songs were not new takes by new players, instead they were carbon copy stamps that appranetly 3 voices were spliced together in to sound more like Malik. Well, they don’t.
Two hours was way too long for my daughter and I. We left for home 45 minutes early. I cannot recommend this movie though I have respect for all opinions about it. This is nothing less that derivative, unsoulful cash grabbing. Hopefully someday we’ll get a good telling by a brave director, even a tv special of what Queen were really all about. 2/10.