I’m always down for a hollywood-ized documentary. Entertainment with a splash of education. I’ve never followed Queen well enough to know how accurate this movie portrayed things, but I feel it did as good as most others.
I will say, I was not thrilled with the actor choice to play Freddie Mercury. Nothing against the actor, I’ve seen him in other things, and he’s been great. He’s just not what I think of when I envision a Freddie Mercury impersonator. He’s too short and most distracting was the overbite/fake teeth the actor wore. He looked like someone wearing metal braces struggling to extend his upper lip so he can close his mouth. Maybe I just never paid enough attention to know Freddie Mercury had that problem. Either way, in the film it stood out more than I thought it should. If I’m distracted by an actor’s mouth, odds are there’s something wrong with the movie.
Odd things were highlighted, like the pet cats. They got a lot of camera time. Like, a weird amount. I was waiting to find out the movie was dedicated to them, or the ones in the show were descendants of Freddie’s original cats–neither of which is true. That I know of.
In telling the story of Freddie Mercury and the origins of Queen, the movie did succeed. There was a great story to be told, and I think they accomplished it. Even if this tale did have some room for improvement in a few areas.
I will say, I’ve read a few reviews for this film that said Freddie Mercury’s personal life and “gay” side was glossed over in this film. When I saw it, I didn’t think so. Its made very clear that he is gay and struggling with accepting that side of himself. Not to mention, struggling to find a social group that he feels fits him. I’m not sure if viewers are expecting all movies to do the down and dirty X rated side of people’s lives, like HBO tends to do, but that’s not something we usually see on the big screen. It wasn’t needed in the tale this movie was aiming for, and in my opinion, it was done in a manner the fans will respect.