Freddie Mercury, founder of the ’70s glam band Queen, led a flamboyant and debauched life that, if anything, was too large and too controversial to be captured in a biopic. But a new trailer suggests the film will try to portray the sweep of his life.
Mercury was born of Parsi descent on Zanzibar, and grew up there and in India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England, according to a popular bio.
He formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. He died in 1991 at 45 From AIDs related complications, an illness he kept secret until the day before he died in.
The film, titled “Bohemian Rhapsody,” after one of Queen’s biggest hits, stars Rami Malek as Mercury. The film also stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and oddly enough, Mike Myers.
Myers was all of seven years old when the band formed, but he played a pivotal role in Queen’s resurgence in the 1992 comedy ‘Wayne’s World.” It includes an iconic scene where Meyers and other characters rock out to “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Myers appears in a cameo role.
The film makes no pretense about exploring the darker corners of Mercury’s life. An official synopsis calls it “a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.”
Johnny Oleksinski, a critic for the New York Post says the film fails to deliver the goods on the “behind-closed-doors insight into a deeply private, complicated, internationally beloved superstar.”
Brian Truitt, of USA Today writes that the movie turns the story of an extraordinary band into a conventional rock flick.
So obviously expectations where high when Bryan Singer was tapped to direct the picture. The good news is there’s still plenty of room for another film about Mercury that delves deeper into his career and his life.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” hits theaters Nov. 2. Check out the trailer below.