Rami Malek Doesn’t Look Like Freddie Mercury, So Please Stop Saying That
The first trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody is here after years of false starts
Bohemian Rhapsody has been in development hell since back when this blog first started. Originally pitched with Sacha Baron Cohen as Mercury, the movie was derailed several times, and mostly because what FOX wanted to make was a Freddie Mercury biopic while (ahem) certain other members of Queen (ahem, Brian May, ahem) wanted it to focus on say, other members of Queen as well. As one does in a biopic about the only member of said band people can name, right?
It’s still not clear how this was resolved. Somone at FOX got the ball rolling, put Brian Singer in charge and got Rami Malek on board to replace Cohen. The film bills itself as “a Queen biopic,” which suggests Brian May got his way, but the trailer is shilling this as a Mercury biopic, with May’s featured role to stand there and look dazzled by his bandmate’s genius. Sure.
There’s also the fact that Singer was canned under vaguely explained circumstances that may or may not have been tangentially related to the #MeToo movement, so this is a film with multiple directors filming at various points.
All that being said, there’s a lot of goodwill towards this film, and the first poster suggested Malek might really pull off a dead ringer for Mercury. The trailer at least puts that rumor to bed: No, he does not.
Malek pulls it off sometimes, from certain angles, and always when he eyes are shut or covered in sunglasses. Otherwise…I hate to say it, but some of these scenes look like straight cheese-o-rama from a VH1 Sunday night movie.
At least the film is good for one thing. All I want to do now is listen to Queen songs for the rest of the day. If all the movie’s release does is send Queen’s record sales back through the roof, that should assuage any hurt feelings Brian May might have when this is roundly panned.