“I always knew I was a star And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me,” rock legend Freddie Mercury said once. The confidence, the energy, the talent, the music and the flamboyant fashion sense are barely enough to describe the iconic music legend.
To write articles, books or for a matter to make a movie on the British superstar’s life can be considered a brave attempt. Eight years ago, it was announced that there would be a biopic made on Mercury and Queen. Finally, after a long wait, the trailer released on May 15. Initially, comedian Sasha Baron Cohen was supposed to portray Mercury’s character in the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ that will chronicle Queen band’s 1970-80s essence. However, Cohen dropped out of the project due to his ‘creative differences’ with the band and award-winning ‘Mr Robot’ actor Rami Malik was on-board to play Mercury’s character .
The 1 minute 37 second-long trailer gives us a glimpse of incredible effort the makers made to bring Mercury’ persona to life. The trailer opens with glimpses of Mercury’s stage performances that also showcases his flamboyant dressing style with the beats of his band Queen’s hit track ‘Another one bites the dust‘.
“I dress to kill… but tastefully”, “It’s not a concert you are seeing, it is a fashion show.” – are some of Mercury’s popular quotes. His distinctive fashion style has been covered well in the trailer with highlights of those silver sequin suits and leather trousers and boots.
The trailer takes us through those high powered stage performances by Mercury and his band and the 70-80s plunging-neckline costumes and his unconventional lifestyle. Also who can forget the famous 1985 Live Aid set? Well, don’t worry, the trailer promises to recreate the live performance that went down the history as one of the greatest rock concerts when the movie releases on November 4.
The makers have subtly incorparated Mercury’s later revelation of his sexuality and don’t miss the part where his love interest Mary Austin appears in the crowd.
Austin, who inspired Mercury to create ‘Love of My Life’ from Queen’s 1975 album ‘A Night at the Opera’, was reportedly the only woman in Mercury’s life who he confessed to be in love with forever, his best friend and his ‘common law wife’.
We don’t know for now if the movie will ride us through his preferance for men and the his controversial hit song ‘I want to break free’, where Mercury and his band members dressed in drag, was banned by MTV.
Earlier, before the release of the full teaser trailer of film when only 53 seconds teaser was released, many fans were disappointed for not showing his ‘love for men’.
Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller tweeted, “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?”
ANYONE ELSE MILDLY ANNOYED (enough to tweet about it) THAT THE #BohemianRapsody TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) May 15, 2018
The promo also walks us through his different stages of life where he cultivated long hair to the moustache-look when he was diagnosed with AIDS.
Another epic moment that is hard to miss is when Mercury bursts into – “It’s a pity if your wife thinks, six minutes is forever” – sure gives us goosebumps. The reference was made in context to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the Queen’s six-minute masterpiece.
And if anyone is worried about who can give justice to Mercury’s persona, calm down as Rami Malik looks, walks and talks exactly like the British legend.
Fingers crossed as we hope Rami Malik’s movie gives justice to Freddie Mercury and Queen!