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I Hope You Don’t Mind That I Put Down In Words How Wonderful Rocketman Is…

Hot off the heels of the staggering success of the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody comes the next British musical star to have his story told on the big screen. Reginald Kenneth Dwight or Elton John as he likes to be called these days.

Just something I quickly want to  cover before I get into this. I should address is a slight problem I had with Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s rating. As I said in my review of the film, it was only rated 12A here in the U.K. which meant it couldn’t show some stronger elements of Freddie’s outrageous life. As much as I enjoyed the flick, it did feel a little diluted. Well Rocketman has a higher rating here, it’s been given a 15 certificate which means while still not exactly ‘adult’ (which would be an 18) it’s still a little more risque and can therefore delve into the slightly darker and more serious side of Elton John’s life… and it does. Elton John himself insisted they make it honestly and not to sugar coat anything. Rocketman is the first major Hollywood film to depict gay sex on screen for instance.

Rocketman is being billed as ‘a true fantasy’ or ‘musical fantasy’, so it’s not strictly meant to be a 100% factual telling of the life of Elton John. Then again, movie biopics never are, they all blend fact with fiction but Rocketman seems to be the only one to actually make that tit-bit part of it’s promotion, it’s telling you before you see it that it’s not going to be a 100% factual telling of the life of Elton John. It’s a fantasy, and fantasy is the perfect word to use too.

The Cast

I think it best to start this thing by looking at the main cast.

Jamie Bell plays Elt’s long time friend and lyric writer Bernie Taupin. He gives a subtle and quiet performance to counteract the hyperactive and overbearing style of Elton John. Their friendship really comes through in the film. There’s a good chunk of the flick where Taupin is absent as he feels he’s had enough of the high-life and goes back home (he should have stayed on the farm, should have listened to his old man) when Elt hits it big time. For those scenes and that part of the flick, Bell is really missed as the calming element to all the madness going on around and when he does return, that duality of two leads really works.

In the part of Elt’s manager/lover, John Reid is Richard Madden. A smooth but still rather nasty piece of work who would be more than happy seeing Elton John in a grave. As he says in the flick “I’ll still be collecting my 20% long after you’ve killed yourself.” They most definitely played Reid up to be much more of a villain than he was in real life. According to history, he was never a angel but was he ever really as evil as shown in the film? Anyway, it’s another good performance and one Madden seemed to enjoy playing.

Bryce Dallas Howard plays Elt’s mother, Sheila. If you know your Elton John history, then you already know they didn’t really get on, they didn’t speak to each other for years and only made up shorty before her death in 2017. The distance between the two is also shown in the film. It’s a strange performance as Shelia is never depicted as ice cold toward her son, but she’s definitely cold. There’s a scene where Elt comes out as gay over the phone to his mother and her response is pretty heartbreaking. It’s a subdued performance and perhaps the only one on the film I’m not quite sure on liking it or not.

Then of course we have to cover Elt’s father, Stanley played by Steven Mackintosh. Now this is an ice cold performance. He never hugs his son, never pays him much or any attention and Stanley walks out and leaves when Elt is still a boy.  The relationship shown in the film is horrendous and yet Elt never gives up. One of my favourite scenes in the film comes later when he tries to connect to his father once he’s become famous. I’m not going to spoil it here but the acting between Mackintosh as the father and Egerton as Elton John is tremendous. I don’t know, maybe I saw something deeper between the two as my father walked out when I was a kid too. Maybe that relationship shown in the film hit a nerve with me?

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Yes I’ve saved the best for last… Taron Egerton as Elton John. If Rami Malek can (deservedly) win an Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury then Egerton deserves at least two. I need to get this out of the way first, Egerton singing sounds nothing like Elton John… but he was never meant to. The man himself advised Egerton not to copy him and do his own thing. And yes, that is Egerton actually singing too (unlike Malek), no he doesn’t sound like Elt… but the boy can sing and sing well too. As for the acting? Well he knocks it out of the park. From the first moment you see him in the film make a big entrance, the way he strides down the corridor is Elton John, the mannerisms are there and he has the smile down to a T… with a little help to get the gap-teeth right. Taron Egerton IS Elton John.

Oh, seeing as I like to throw in little bits of trivia when I wrote these things, how about this? When Taron Egerton was trying to get into RADA, he sang Your Song which helped him kick-start his career. Then he sang I’m Still Standing as a talented gorilla in the animated film Sing. Elton John appeared in the film Kingsman: The Golden Circle which starred Egerton. Seems Taron Egerton and Elton John have a link going back years.

The Film

I guess a quick synopsis of what the flick is about would be nice.

Obviously it’s about the life of Elton John, but like Bohemian Rhapsody before it, it’s not a full life story. What Rocketman tells is the story of Elt’s early life and career. It concentrates on young Reggie as a boy in Pinner, Middlesex, his strained relationship with his parents and him growing up in the mid 1950s, his becoming a pianist and forming his first band as a teenager, meeting Bernie Taupin for the first time in the 60s. To Elt’s early success,  eventual worldwide fame and his alcohol/drug abuse through the 70s to him finally becoming sober in the 80s. The film is told in flashback as it opens at the end with Elt checking himself into rehab in the 80s where he begins to tell his life story. We see his life unfold trough the decades inter-cut with Elt in the 80s pretty much confessing his sins.

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As I said earlier, this is not a straight up biopic, it’s a musical fantasy. The best way to describe this would be with one of the earlier scenes with older Elton John from the 80s signing a duet of The Bitch Is Back with his younger-self from the 50s in the neighbourhood he grew up in with all his neighbours signing and dancing in the street. That’s the kind of films this is, where people will just spontaneously burst into song and dance to further to story. With a standard biopic like Bohemian Rhapsody, as great as the music is… it’s just music in a film. With Rocketman, the music is part of the storytelling, the songs and lyrics used take on a very different meaning when paired with the images on screen. It’s not just music in Rocketman, it’s musical storytelling and it’s really effective too. I have a much deeper understanding of Taupin’s words after watching this film.

And the flick is full of these kind of moments where things are not 100% true to life. I mean there’s a scene where ten year old Elt in the 1950s sings the song I Want Love with his family, a song that won’t exist for another forty odd years until 2001. Again, it doesn’t make sense in regards to the timeline it’s completely anachronistic but within the context of the film itself and the bit of the story being told at the point, it makes perfect sense and is logical. It’s a musical fantasy and it’s marvellous.

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There are some truly amazing moments in the picture both from the music and just good old fashioned acting. The Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) number of the film where young boy Elt transitions into young man Elt is great. A stunning musical number with a lot of life. People are up and dancing, it even turns into a Bollywood thing for a while and is full of energy. Then there’s a scene when adult Elt, now a world famous rock star tries to reconcile with his absent farther… which doesn’t end happily and the acting is sublime, no singing, no dancing, just pure top-notch acting. Two very different sides of the same coin. Rocketman is a strange cocktail of several elements that most probably shouldn’t really work together and yet they do.

The mixing of fact and fiction is masterfully done. There a scene where Elt attempts suicide (without going into detail), it ends with him sinking to the bottom of his swimming pool where he sees his ten year old self and starts a Rocket Man duet. Now the suicide attempt was real, it happened in 1975… but I’m pretty certain that Elt singing a duet of Rocket Man underwater with his younger self didn’t actually happen. This is that mixing of fact and fiction that works and the film is full of it. Just after the suicide attempt, Elt is quickly dressed and pushed out on stage to perform. It all happens within a minute or two on screen in a staggering and disturbing dance routine that involves stomach pumping. The thing is that it was not that far removed from reality as only two days after the suicide attempt in 1975, Elt was on stage performing. That was just one of the many moments of pure fantasy and surrealism, I loved it.

There’s a lot of this kind of symbolic stuff through the flick too. As I said before, it starts with Elton John checking himself into rehab in the 80s. And it’s done in typical Elt fashion as he walks in wearing (what can only be described as) an Elvis style jumpsuit in bright orange full of sequins complete with a pair of wings and devil horns. You know what, it’ll be easier to just show you…

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That’s the one. Completely lavish and over the top, pure Elt. Anyway, as the film progresses and as it jumps from the flashbacks of Elt growing up and becoming famous to him sitting in rehab. As he tells his story and as more and more sins get confessed to the group he’s taking to, the costume is slowly removed piece by piece. Showing the death of old Elt and the start the new, clean and sober Elt by the time the film ends. Subtle but clever stuff. Plus there is a moment near the end where ten year old Reginald Dwight gets a hug. Now reading that it pretty meaningless, but watching the film in it’s entirety and understanding that moment – I tell ya, I had a tear in my eye.

As I said before, the film has a 15 certificate, which means more ‘adult’ content can be shown as apposed to Bohemian Rhapsody’s 12A rating. Here drug use is shown as Elt snorts his way through so much cocaine, it would make Tony Montana green with envy. There’s plenty of swearing and if you know of Elt’s infamous tantrums… they’d need to be make him believable. Oh and there is the gay sex scene that is being made a big deal of. It’s really not that big of a deal, at least not for me. It’s not graphic and filmed tastefully too. I really do not see why others are kicking up such a fuss… it’s just a sex scene, a very tame one at that. Let me put it this way, I watched the film with my Mum and when we talked about the film afterwards, neither of us talked about the sex scene. Not because we were embarrassed but because it was nothing. The music, the acting, the story – now that’s worth talking about. The sex scene? It’s just a sex scene, calm down everyone.

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I don’t want to dwell too much on the story as to not spoil anything major but it’s a damn fine piece of film making and well worth watching. Director Dexter Fletcher (who stepped in to finish Bohemian Rhapsody when that flick ran into trouble) is clearly having a ball making this film. It’s bright, vibrant, emotional and funny. As mentioned, it has some sublime surreal moments and when the film keeps drifting into pure fantasy, it’s marvellous. A fairy tale who’s roots are firmly in the real world.

The Music

It’s Elton John, of course the music is great… except it not Elton John. This may need a little explaining. Elt doesn’t sing a single note in the film, they don’t use existing recordings either. See, normally in these musical biopics, they have the actor mime to recordings (or a sound-a-like) of the artist they are playing. With Rocketman, that’s not Elton John singing, it’s Taron Egerton singing every note. Every song has been re-recorded with new arrangements to fit the story of movie, so you’ll hear some new versions of classic tunes. Egerton singing Tiny Dancer was a particular highlight for me.

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The songs are integral to the story too. As I said before, Bernie Taupin’s lyrics have a much deeper meaning when the songs are used in the film. I don’t think I’ll ever listen to Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road the same way again.

Overall

Rocketman is superb. The story can be summed up pretty easily. It’s a film about a boy/man just wanting to be loved… that’s about it. But it’s how this tale is put together that makes it stand out. The acting is sublime, the music is astounding and the directing both crazy and wonderful.

When we came out of the cinema, Mum said to me that she thought Rocketman was far better than Bohemian Rhapsody. I don’t think I can honestly make that claim because for me they are way too different to compare. Yeah they are both biopics of English rock stars but they are very different species of the same animal. I think both films are amazing but for very different reasons.

You know, I think I managed to put my finger on best how to describe this flick, you can’t just call it a biopic as it’s much more than that. It’s one of those classic ‘rock opera’ films from the 70s. The Rocky Horror Show, Pink Floyd – The Wall, Tommy (which featured Elton John). All those crazy and experimental flicks that told amazing stories through music… that’s what Rocketman is. Or I guess I could just stick with the promotion of the film itself – it’s a ‘musical fantasy’.

Rocketman is a film that’ll stay with me for a “long long time…”

 

Oh, just write the fucking songs, Bernie. Let me handle the rest!

– Elton John

 

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Is This The Real Life, Is This Just Fantasy?

So I watched the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody a couple of days back. I wrote this one not long after watching the film but didn’t publish it until now as I didn’t want to break my Red Dead Redemption II saga of articles (they’ve been going on for six weeks or so). But now that damn long awaited cowboy game is released, I can resume (almost) normal service.

So I’m a huge and long time Queen fan. I grew up with their music and when Freddie died back in 1991, the world music lost one of its greatest. There can never, nor will there ever be anyone quite like Freddie Mercury. He was so unique that the word “unique” doesn’t do him justice. He was able to do things with his voice that no one else on the planet could manage and that’s not just personal opinion from a fan, its now scientific fact. But before I get into my feelings about the film, a quick history lesson of how this film came to be.

The History

This film has had a long and troubled production with it being originally announced in 2010. Back then, Sacha Baron Cohen was signed up to play Freddie. But Baron Cohen left the project in 2013 due to “creative differences”. Partly due to the fact he felt that the producers and remaining members of Queen wanted to make a family friendly picture while Baron Cohen wanted to make a more adult look at Freddie going deeper into his sexuality and lifestyle, a more honest biopic of you will. A more recent story has come out suggesting that Baron Cohen wasn’t taking the film seriously.

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Then in 2013 Ben Whishaw was being tipped to play Freddie while Dexter Fletcher would be in the director’s chair. Both Whishaw and Fletcher left the project by 2014 with both of them citing “creative differences” (the go to excuse for leaving a film project). In 2015 it was suggested that Sacha Baron Cohen could be back as Freddie but that was proven to be false information. For a while, the film was stuck in development hell with numerous writers, directors and actors all hitting the rumor mill over the next few months.

In 2015 the film was confirmed to be back on track and a title was revealed for the first time – Bohemian Rhapsody. All new scripts had been written with Brain May and Roger Taylor attached as consultants and producers. Then in 2016 film was suddenly a-go when Rami Malek was announced to star as Freddie Mercury. Pre-production on the film began in early 2017 and filming started on September 2017 with Bryan Singer as director. Things were going well until filming ground to a halt when Singer stopped showing up to film. Exactly why this is open to speculation, one source says Bryan Singer left the film due to an illness in his family but another suggests that Singer’s poor behaviour on set got him removed from the film. Either way, the production lost it’s director with around two or three weeks still left of filming to do. So re-enter Dexter Fletcher to finish the film who was originally attached to the project back in 2013.

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Now with the film having two directors, that caused a problem as rules state only one director can be given credit. It was announced earlier this year that despite his leaving/firing that Bryan Singer would still be credited as director as he did shoot most of the film before Dexter Fletcher stepped in to finish it up.

So then finally after eight years in film development hell, the movie was released on the 24th of October here in the U.K. while our American cousins will have to wait until the 2nd of November. And I was there opening day wearing my Freddie Mercury shirt, with my mom to see this long troubled film. But was it worth it? A quick synopsis before I offer my view…

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The Film

It opens up with Freddie (Rami Malek) preening himself, trimming his moustache just before heading out on stage for the famous Live Aid gig from 1985. It then jumps back to the early 70s with a teenage Freddie working at Heathrow Airport as a baggage handler where he puts up with racial abuse for being a “pakki”. Young Freddie dreams of bigger things and while at a bar enjoying a pint, he listens to the student band on stage, a band called Smile. With Brain May (Gwilym Lee) and Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) as the lead guitarist and drummer respectively. When the lead singer leaves the band to join Humpy Bong (a folk band founded by former Bee Gees drummer Colin Petersen) Freddie steps in to offer his vocal talent, this is when he first meets Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton).

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The band then hire bassist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) and change their name to Queen. They record their first album for EMI and perform their first live gig as Queen. Freddie and Mary grow closer and become lovers as the band also grow from student gigs to tours. Queen begin become a little tired of performing the same type of music over and over so begin to experiment and from that experimentation comes their most famous song, Bohemian Rhapsody. EMI executive Ray Foster (Mike Myers) hates the song and refuses to allow Queen to release it. So the band walk out and take the song elsewhere getting it played by Kenny Everett (Dickie Beau) on his radio show. The song is a smash hit and Queen become huge.

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While out on tour in Rio Freddie begins to show an interest in men and when he returns home he confesses to his then girlfriend that he is bisexual. The pair split but remain very close friends. As Queen begin to rise in the world of music, Freddie’s life begins to unravel. Keeping his sexuality from the press despite continual intrusion. Freddie begins to find comfort in drink, drugs and sex with anyone who shows him even the slightest bit of interest. Cracks begin to show in the band as Freddie grows increasingly out of control and he keeps turning up late for recording sessions often drunk, high or both after a heavy night of partying. Eventually, Freddie feels stifled by Queen and decides to go it alone by signing a solo contract behind the back of the other members at the suggestion of his manager. Queen (unofficially) split and go their separate ways.

Freddie moves to Germany to work on his solo music. After a visit from Mary who gives him a few home truths, Freddie returns home after sacking his backstabbing manager and meets up with the other members of Queen to ask them to reform so they can do the Live Aid gig as a way to say goodbye properly. They agree and the film ends with an amazing recreation of (almost) the entire Queen set from Live Aid 1985 and they cement themselves into rock music history.

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My View

I’m a huge Queen fan so obviously there is going to be a little bias in my view. The film is utterly brilliant. Now its not perfect and hardcore Queen fans (like me) will spot several flaws especially if you have seen as many Queen documentaries and interviews as I have. This is a biopic and like other biopics certain aspects are exaggerated, changed and twisted to make the film more entertaining. What I’m trying to say is that not everything in this film is 100% factual. But creative licence has to be expected with these kinds of movies, they are not documentaries, they are films. I’m not going to concentrate on the half truths in the film but will highlight a few issues.

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First, the film is rated 12A here in the U.K. and if you know anything about the life of Freddie Mercury then you’d know aspects would’ve had to have been diluted to fit that 12A rating… and diluted the film is. Things like the drug usage is not explicitly shown and only hinted at, Freddie’s bisexuality is lightly shown with a couple of gay kisses and that’s about it. But I didn’t go the film to watch gay sex, I went to watch a film about Freddie’s life and that is what I got. There is a scene where Freddie throws one of his infamous lavish parties and even that is watered down from reality. The real parties are legendary in the world of music with Freddie having naked dwarfs (sorry, little people) with trays of cocaine on their head for the guests, performers biting the heads off live chickens, rampant sex and so much more. The party scene in the film shows none of this though and is not as wild as the real things were. Freddie led such an overtly hedonistic lifestyle that even the Roman Emperor Caligula would have suggested that Freddie tone it down a bit. Plus the film shows Brian May not enjoying the party when in reality, he was one of the people who would suggest them and enjoyed himself as much as Freddie.

Second, I didn’t like when the film ended. Note I didn’t say “how” it ended but “when”. To be honest, the recreation of the Live Aid set is stunning, those last ten minutes or so of the flick that show an abridged version of Queen’s now legendary performance is jaw dropping. But there is so much more to the story of Queen after Live Aid that is not shown in the film. Live Aid was their turning point, they had all but broken up and were thought of as a washed up band (especially in America) with nothing left. After that gig, Queen went on to become world dominating and there is so much more story to be told about their music. Plus there is the relationship between Freddie and his lover Jim Hutton to explore which is only lightly touched on in the film, his continual relationship with Mary Austin to the point where Freddie became godfather to her son. And of course there is the death of the man himself and how he kept recording despite the fact he was in so much pain and discomfort right to the very end. There really is so much more story to be told about Freddie/Queen and this really feels like only half a film. Its a fantastic half a film, but still only half of the story. I’ve seen a tone of these biopics and always felt satisfied at the end but this film left a bit of a gap and needs a sequel, there must be a Bohemian Rhapsody 2. Just having a bit of text at the end of the film pointing out Freddie died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS didn’t really cut it for me.

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That’s about it for the negatives really. On to the positives.

The cast have to be addressed here. Of course Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury is amazing. He has the voice, the mannerisms and everything. There are times during the Live Aid finale when a few long shots are shown and I’m not sure of it was Rami or Freddie himself using actual Live Aid footage. In fact, I’m pretty sure I spotted a cheeky cameo from the real Freddie during one shot. The strutting on stage the arm waving/air punching, Rami has it all nailed. I said earlier how there can never, nor will there ever be anyone quite like Freddie Mercury and I stand by that – but Rami Malek is pretty bloody close. I’d like to see a side by side comparison between the actual Live Aid footage and the end scene in this film to see just how close it all was. Everyone is talking about Rami Malek’s performance and rightly so to as its (almost) flawless, but I think he’s already getting enough praise. He deserves every ounce of it too and any recognition or awards he may get along the way. But there are other equally as great performances too.

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The other three band members of Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon played by Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello respectively are all brilliant. Four great actors coming together to reunite four of the best musicians in music. After Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee’s Brian May was the stand out performance for me though. Brian in the film is just as spot on as Freddie is and I just feel that Rami Malek (as deserving as he is) will overshadow the other actors here. Gwilym Lee deserves just as much praise. Then there is Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Freddie’s former girlfriend and long time friend. Yet another strong performance that I feel will be overlooked. You really feel her pain as she loses her boyfriend but refuses to give up on him at the same time.

But my absolute favorite bit of casting? Its really just a glorified cameo from Mike Myers as Ray Foster the EMI records executive who turns down the Bohemian Rhapsody record after listening to it. Now I can’t remember the exact quote, but after hearing the record he says something along the lines of, “Teenagers won’t be banging their heads to this”. Seeing as it was Mike Myers who introduced Bohemian Rhapsody to a new legion of fans with his movie Wanye’s World in 1992 and helped get the song to the top of the charts seventeen years after its original release, its a great in-joke…

As a quick aside. Freddie actually got to see the above scene before he died in 1991 as the film was completed before his passing and released a few months following his death. Brain May has said that Freddie loved the scene and gave Mike Myers his blessing to use the song too. So Mike Myers being the guy to turn the song down its a fitting tribute as well as an ironic joke.

I’m sorry but I must break out an overused cliché here. The film is a roller-coaster of emotions. There are funny and light hearted moments that will leave you with a smile on your face. Such as the band discussing the merits of the Roger Taylor penned “joke” song I’m in Love with My Car or Freddie continually telling Roger to go higher and higher on the “Galileo!” when recording Bohemian Rhapsody. Then you’ll have tears in your eyes during the more heavier scenes. Two such scenes that spring to mind are the one where Freddie finally comes out as bisexual to Mary while the song Love of My Life plays in the background, a song Freddie wrote specifically for Mary. The scene features some sterling acting from both Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton. Then later, toward the end of the film another scene has Freddie attend a hospital where he is told he has AIDS. Such a powerful scene with very little dialogue (I think there’s only one line) but the powerful and emotive Who Wants To Live Forever plays in the background. Honestly, I was welling up.

Yeah of course it goes without saying that the film’s soundtrack is sublime… but I’m going to say it anyway. Its Queen, of course its a brilliant soundtrack. It was great to hear some of the very early stuff such as Keep Yourself Alive, one of my favourite early Queen songs that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Seeing how some songs were slowly created and evolved such as Brian May slowly building We Will Rock You with the iconic foot stomps and claps was joyful.

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As for the Live Aid finale. The hairs on the back of my neck were standing up. I have very strong memories of watching Live Aid live back in 85. Both myself and my mom sat there staring at the T.V. in awe while Queen did their thing. I think I was only about 8 or 9 at the time but that twenty odd minutes watching Queen at Wembley Stadium left a lasting impression on me. Then there I was, a now 42 year old man sitting in the cinema with my mom next to me reliving that same experience 33 years later. Honestly, one of the best moments I have witnessed on the big screen. Then as Queen were in the midst of belting out Radio Ga Ga, mom leaned over to me and simply said “it has to be done.” and I knew exactly what she meant, so up went the arms and we both clapped along to the chorus. So there were me and mom doing the Radio Ga Ga bit and as I looked around, other people in the cinema joined in. It was almost like being there live, a genuinely amazing experience. The seats in the cinema gently rocked back and forth as people tapped/stomped their feet and clapped along. A special thanks to my mom for reliving a childhood memory with me.

The re-enactment of Live Aid at the end of this film is stunning and clearly done with passion, worth the price of the ticket alone.

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If you’re a Queen fan, of course you are going to watch the film and you’ll enjoy it too. Just remember that it is a biopic and some elements have been altered to make the film more interesting. Its not a factual documentary but its still telling the story of the greatest front-man ever and one of the greatest rock bands to ever grace a stage. So then, is This The Real Life, Is This Just Fantasy? It’s a bit of both really, but more real life than fantasy. If you’re not a Queen fan, I still suggest checking the film out. Its funny, its emotional and above all, it rocks! You never know, you might just end up becoming a fan of Queen yourself.

A cracking film with laughs, tears, awesome music and some truly amazing performances from the entire cast. It Will Rock You!

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We just need a sequel to finish the story up.

“I pity your wife if you think six minutes is forever.”

– Freddie Mercury

Queen Biopic Finally Gets A ‘Breakthru’

Its been a long time coming, with several pre-production problems – but the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic is going ahead. Officially announced on the Queen website, the movie will be called Bohemian Rhapsody and the project is so far along that pre-production work begins next week with filming starting in September!

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Queen were one of the greatest rock bands of the 80s and their music still continues to inspire to this day.  The film is set to show the band’s early years, rise to fame and the almost break up in 1985 before the memorising Live Aid gig that eventually catapulted Queen back into the limelight once more. But who will be playing the key roles?

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Well flamboyant front-man, Freddie Mercury will be played by Rami Malek who was recently seen in Mr Robot. As for the rest of the band? Well they have yet to be announced, but Queen Online has promised to make more announcements soon.

The film will be directed by Bryan Singer – known for The Usual Suspects and several of the X-Men movies. With Roger Taylor and Brain May on board as the film’s executive music producers. Roger and Brain have said on Queen Online that…

“Rami has great presence and he’s utterly dedicated to the project. He’s completely  living and breathing Freddie already, which is wonderful.”

But there’s more. Fancy trying out for a role as an extra in the movie? Well you can…

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Is your hair 70s/80s enough to apply?

No release date has been announced yet – but stay tuned to the official Queen website for more news. After all the false starts and breakdowns with the project over the last few years, lets hope everyone involved can all share One Vision.

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