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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - Scene Bohemian Rhapsody Live AID
That's actually pretty good. I just watched the live aid set not long ago and they seem to have really captured the performances.
That...doesn't look terrible. In fact, I think this could be a pretty good movie.
Bryan Fuller Slams “Bohemian” Hetwashing
The first trailer for 20th Century Fox’s biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about iconic UK band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury, was released yesterday and the response has been mostly positive.
But not all have been pleased with it, even though it’s just a teaser trailer. “Hannibal” and “American Gods” creator Bryan Fuller took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, mainly for the trailers noted lack of any hint of homosexuality or Mercury’s dealing with AIDS.
Fuller says: “Anyone else mildly annoyed that the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ trailer features gay/bi superstar Freddie Mercury flirting with and twirling with a woman but no indication of his love of men?”. The trailer does linger on several shots between Mercury and his lifelong female friend Mary but only features one split second shot which barely hints at it.
Fuller does go on to make a good point of how the trailer (and studio movies in general) blatantly prioritizes one sexuality (heterosexuality) over the other (homosexuality) for characters dubbed ‘bisexual’ and then goes on to slam the film’s official synopsis which makes no mention of Mercury’s condition beyond having a “life-threatening illness”.
Fuller says: “Dear 20th Century Fox: Yes, it was a life-threatening illness, but more specifically it was AIDS. From having gay sex with men. Do better.” For the most part, Fuller has come under fire for prematurely reacting to a very limited piece of marketing as opposed to the final film itself.
Nevertheless, his comments and the trailer have raised the conversation again about the film’s content and just how much the movie will whitewash and soften the truth. Sacha Baron Cohen, who was originally to star as Mercury, famously left the project over it being both micromanaged and toning down the darker and more honest aspects of the story.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” opens in cinemas on November 2nd.
Singer Gets “Bohemian” Directing Credit
Filmmaker Bryan Singer is still set to get a directing credit on the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” at 20th Century Fox reports THR.
Singer was fired in December after unexplained absences from set according to the studio, while Singer argued that the studio ‘refused to allow him time off to care for an ill parent’ and denied any wrongdoing.
Singer was replaced by Dexter Fletcher (“Eddie the Eagle”) to finish filming the movie. ‘Bohemian’ is described as a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) but will barely touch upon both his struggle with AIDS and his open sexuality which were a key part of the man’s life.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” will open in theaters on November 2nd.
Malek Hits Back At “Bohemian” Complaints
One issue that has dogged the upcoming Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been a question of authenticity. There’s no way to discuss the legacy of the band without touching upon its late frontman’s sexuality and his death due to complications resulting from AIDS.
Indeed when Sacha Baron Cohen was originally going to star in the project, it was on the proviso it would be a ‘warts and all’ style biopic which wouldn’t shy away from those elements – and his departure due to creative differences suggested the film would gloss over it.
20th Century Fox didn’t help itself when the first trailer released for the film seemed to ignore it completely, leading to numerous complaints – with a second trailer in July at least hinting at both aspects. Now actor Rami Malek, who plays Mercury in the film, has slammed the criticisms in a new interview with Attitude magazine saying it’s a shame people are pre-judging the film based on the trailers:
“It’s difficult. First, let me say that I don’t think the film shies away from his sexuality or his all-consuming disease, which is obviously AIDS. I don’t know how you could avoid any of that, or if anyone would ever want to. It’s a bit absurd that anyone’s judging this from a minute trailer.
You can’t shy away from it. It was an important moment to have in the film, one that ultimately is very sad but also empowering in a way. It shows you just how resilient human beings can be and how much we rely on the strength of our friends and family to get us through tough times.
This pandemic is still very much a horrific threat to so many people in the world. It exists as a reality for so many that I think it would be a shame not to address it.”
The film reportedly ends with the high of the Live Aid concert in 1985, long before Mercury’s suffering and passing six years later in 1991 or even his official diagnosis in April 1987. “Bohemian Rhapsody” releases in cinemas worldwide in November.
Queen - Live at LIVE AID 1985/07/13 [Best Version]
00:36 - Bohemian Rhapsody
02:42 - Radio Ga Ga
06:53 - Ay Oh!
07:34 - Hammer To Fall
12:08 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
16:03 - We Will Rock You
17:18 - We Are The Champions
21:12 - Is This The World We Created...
Short song analysis:
- "Bohemian Rhapsody": Although it's a short medley version, it's one of the best performances of the ballad section, with Freddie nailing the Bb4s with the correct studio phrasing (for the first time ever!).
- "Radio Ga Ga": Although it's missing one chorus, this is one of - if not the best - the best versions ever, Freddie nails all the Bb4s and sounds very clean! Spike Edney's Roland Jupiter 8 also really shines through on this mix, compared to the DVD releases!
- "Audience Improv": A great improv, Freddie sounds strong and confident. You gotta love when he sustains that A4 for 4 seconds!
- "Hammer To Fall": Despite missing a verse and a chorus, it's a strong version (possibly the best ever). Freddie sings the song amazingly, and even ad-libs a C#5 and a C5! Also notice how heavy Brian's guitar sounds compared to the thin DVD mixes - it roars!
- "Crazy Little Thing Called Love": A great version, the crowd loves the song, the jam is great as well! Only downside to this is the slight feedback issues.
- "We Will Rock You": Although cut down to the 1st verse and chorus, Freddie sounds strong. He nails the A4, and the solo from Dr. May is brilliant!
- "We Are the Champions": Perhaps the high-light of the performance - Freddie is very daring on this version, he sustains the pre-chorus Bb4s, nails the 1st C5, belts great A4s, but most importantly: He nails the chorus Bb4s, in all 3 choruses! This is the only time he has ever done so! It has to be said though, the last one sounds a bit rough, but that's a side effect of belting high notes for the past 18 minutes, with nodules AND laryngitis!
- "Is This The World We Created... ?": Freddie and Brian perform a beautiful version of this, and it is one of the best versions ever. It's both sad and hilarious that a couple of BBC engineers are talking over the song, one of them being completely oblivious of the fact that he is interrupting the performance, on live television... Which was being televised to almost 2 billion homes.
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