Since I’ve been writing about Bohemian Rhapsody for over a year now, I felt that I at least owed it and Freddie, a single viewing to make sure my skepticism and side-eye were warranted. And so over the weekend I bought a ticket to A Star Is Born because it was starting at the same time and saw it (no way was I giving Bryan or Fox a dime of my marginally well earned money). Yet it seems I was the only one who did that, because the box office receipts are in and plenty of people threw their movie going dollars at BR over the weekend. According to Deadline, despite lukewarm reviews from critics, BH earned $13.4 million dollars on Sunday alone! That’s a lot of people attending the Church Of Mercury.
I hate to walk this back, but I’m beginning to think The Curse Of Freddie Mercury may be a fallacy and the problems with the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are entirely the fault of Bryan Singer, and Bryan Singer alone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan was skating on thin ice before a single frame was shot. Several Fox executives and producers are speaking out about why Bryan got hired despite his reputation for tempestuous and unprofessional behavior, and why nobody was surprised when he was fired for the same.
The first teaser trailer for the cursed child that is the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is out. In it, we get our first look at why Hollywood has been fresh out of wigs since 2007, when they first started trying to get this movie made! As a refresher, first Sacha Baron Cohen was going to play Freddie Mercury but after dicking around for 3 years, Sacha bounced because the band wanted to make a feel-good movie that didn’t focus on Freddie. During that time, they lost a couple of directors but eventually Bryan Singer was hired. Last year they found their new Freddie in Rami Malek and started production. Then Bryan got fired and they replaced him with Dexter Fletcher. Kudos to Dexter for finally getting this ship launched.
Here’s the trailer.
We all know that Freddie had himself an unruly mouthful of jack o’lantern choppers so, getting those right were paramount to pulling together Rami’s look. And I don’t think they did them right. Something is off here. Freddie’s choppers were elegantly wasted. When his mouth was open, they sprung forth like an audience giving him a well deserved standing ovation. When his mouth was closed, he had a sensual, slightly pouty look. When Rami’s mouth is closed he looks like he’s smuggling an egg. And when his mouth is open, it just looks like perfectly normal dentures, that are comically three times bigger than they should be. All the same, I love the costumes and whatever combination of Freddie/Rami vocals they’re using here sound great. I will watch this movie but I’m bringing incense and a Freddie prayer candle with me to the theater. There are some spirits that deserve all the deference I can muster.
The Muppet baby version of Freddie Mercury has a new lady friend. According to Us Weekly, Rami Malek is dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton. Lucy plays Mary Austin, Freddie’s muse and lover cum BFF. She was also in a great movie I saw on a plane once called Sing Street, but I don’t remember her.
Please, link hands and join me in prayer:
Dear God of Airbrushing, in the name of Mimi thy most anointed disciple, I beseech thee oh Lord to deliver young Rami Malek, a fine, strong actor, a talented performer whose only crime was to forsake all good judgment to embrace the bio pic that wasn’t, Lord, he was led astray by Queen and taken into the darkness of a movie about Freddie Mercury that lo is not actually about Freddie but is on some other shit, oh Father forgive those who hath airbrushed and photoshopped young Rami to within an inch of his life, creating a shiny CGI looking false profit of the most revered and great Freddie in the name of the Father and The Holy Spirit I pray for his deliverance. Amen.
Okay, here he is.
The Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody we’ve been hearing about since 2010 is finally happening. The band Queen announced that the film will finally go into production and will star Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Probable sleazeball Bryan Singer (various X-Mensises, The Usual Suspects) will direct.