Rami Malek is getting all the applause, but the makers are getting some flak, too Image: 20th Century Fox
“We will, we will rock you.”
That is the closest we get to taglining the rock band sensation Queen and their music. Cuz they sure as hell rocked us all and still continue to do so with their songs. With so many classics to their name, the British rock band took over the world and ruled the music scene '70s onwards. They have die-hard fans (us, included) still.
But more than their music, the band and its members (read: Freddie Mercury) were in the news for their personal lives. The good folks at 20th Century Fox are finally bringing us a peek into that with the much-awaited Queen biopic, titled Bohemian Rhapsody – named after their hit song that's etched in our hearts for eternity.
The teaser trailer of the same just dropped, and our jaws are on the floor upon seeing the stark resemblance Rami Malek (yup, the Mr. Robot guy) bears with Freddie (born Farrokh Bulsara) – the band's frontman.
We simply love it. There's just too much happening in those one-and-a-half minutes. The music, the act, the costumes, the stage presence, the recordings — we are mesmerised by each frame. But there's something missing, we feel. And some others do so as well.
People are basically losing their minds over it.
The description of the Bryan Singer- David Fletcher directorial is also very intriguing and reads, “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. Facing a life-threatening illness, 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.”
Life-threatening? Couldn't the makers just have mentioned AIDS?
This omission also managed to irk American writer-producer Bryan Fuller. He couldn't hide his annoyance with the makers for not exploring Mercury's bisexuality and the non-mention of AIDS in the description. He tweeted:
We also learnt how the film will be omitting the AIDS chapter in Mercury's life. Wut? For the uninitiated, he died at the age of 45 due to a complication arising from AIDS. The rock star released a statement confirming he had AIDS just 24 hours before his death on November 24, 1991.
We are so confused now. They're NOT going to talk about how he died? They will hide he had AIDS. Will they even mask his bisexuality? We need answers, RN.
The film starring Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers in supporting roles – is slated to release on November 2.