Rami Malek’s turn as Mr Mercury is now and I want to see it? Some people seem mad but some people are always mad so, you know. I shall claim no bias although I should never be believed. I think if you’re a Queen fan, you need to go and see it. Your family needs to go and see it. If you have a dog, cat or tame cactus then they may be moved by it too.
It has to be, in part the music. The band look great from what I’ve gleaned thus far and that aspect of the film has evidently been paid a great deal of attention. By all accounts, it’s also the way in which Malek appears to capture Freddie’s character with aplomb; swagger, frailty, warts and all. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ could well be a rock n’ roll triumph of cinematic eye candy that refuses to go quietly into that dark night without meaning something and shouting that thing from the roof of the fucking stadium. Time will tell if Bryan Singer’s creation has the potential to be every bit as essential as something like ‘Control’, ‘I’m Not There’ or ‘The Runaways’.
I’ve had this lying around for a few weeks now but thought I would wait and do the whole Queen thing justice in one fell swoop. For once, there is a method to the madness, possibly even in advance. I believe it’s what some people call “planning” although I am somewhat unfamiliar with the concept. ‘The Queen Visual Book’ (Shinko Music Pub, 1993) is just the best collection of live photos, candid snaps and promo pics of a band at the height of their power.
In the same way that this latest film looks to be visually stunning, this is…oxygenstealing but in a way that is both good and desirable? That could be a thing and I can’t find a synonym that says it better. There’s also a transcript of Freddie Mercury’s last interview in Japan, a historical timeline, and a wonderful discography at what may well be either the front or back of the book. You’ll notice that it is kind of difficult to tell but I don’t think that takes away from this being both a wonderful collection of photography and a great piece for any Queen fan.
As is often the case, there is also a little bit of the black stuff to top everything off in royal fashion. This has also been aired in my weird little cave a few times over the past week but again, I was saving it for a most special occasion. When they say ‘Greatest Hits’, they’re not even lying. Put out by EMI in 1981, both sides one and two are entirely, top to bottom all killer. Filler never really had a place anywhere in between ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ itself, ‘Flash’ and ‘We Are The Champions’. That’s not even counting ‘We Will Rock You’ and as for ‘Somebody To Love’?
Oh, where even to begin and heaven knows to end.
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