About this movie
Finally, it’s here! After waiting for almost ten years—that’s when rumours of the film first began circulating—fans of the legendary rock group Queen and its even more legendary frontman Freddie Mercury get the big-budget biopic they deserve. The main focus is on the life and times of lead singer Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara), and Rami Malek, the star of Mr. Robot, embodies the singer to an uncanny degree. Mercury first met guitarist Brian May (played here by Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) in 1970, while he was attending Ealing Art College in London. By July of that year, they were performing under the name Queen, at Mercury’s suggestion, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Bryan Singer’s dazzling film charts the early years—they didn’t become internationally famous until 1974—before thrusting us into the whirlwind lives of the megastars the group members became. Along the way, he slows down to detail the recording of what many consider to be the greatest pop single of all time, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, before culminating with the group’s show-stealing performance—spectacularly reproduced here—at the 1985 Live Aid concert, a greatest hits set that a 2005 music industry poll ranked as ‘the greatest rock performance of all time’. What a journey it was!