How closely did the acting follow the performance?
To be honest, this is going to BURY A Star is Born. They really should have staged that movie further out from this movie. A Star is Born is about an actor and singer, singing fake songs (not produced by a band), fake story and it shows. I liked that movie and likely will not miss on Lady Gaga fan, but this is so much better. The actors really look like Queen, play like Queen and perform like Queen. In A Star is Born, there are fake zoom outs, too many close ups to kind of cover on the music dubbing I think. This movie (likely dubbed over as well in the edit) reads as if they took all the sound straight from the concerts or recording studios. Just phenomenal how much better a real story can thrash a good plot, but in the end fake. Can't beat the live cuts of Live Aid into the movie as well, phenomenal
What was your favorite surprise in the film?
This is a great story arc of the character of Freddie, who falls in love with a girl and marries her and then goes on to massive stage success. As he tours around, he eventually starts to fall for men, realizing that he is in fact bisexual. He still wants to preserve the relationship with Mary, but can't escape some fun on the road. Eventually, Mary gets fed up and leaves, which breaks Freddie's heart, who decides to have two houses, so they can share the cats. Mary eventually gets a boyfriend and later pregnant, which kind of seals the deal of a dead relationship. At the same time. one of the band manager, Allen becomes the new flame for Mercury, although Freddie isn't loyal to him either, but they are both ok with the setup. Eventually, Allen poisons Freddie against the band, which almost leads to a complete break with the band.
I think they did such a great job. One of the band members actually worked closely with the writers and director to get that true Queen sound. It was crucial that the sound of Queen comes off (which you can just lip sync and edit over) and the performance matches. I never saw Queen in concert, kind of discovering them later with Wayne's World. Although I did ALWAYS roller skate when "Another One Bites the Dust" played at the roller rink. I liked how they show the beginning of the band, when the lead singer quits, the same night Freddie approaches the band as a song writer and singer. They captured as well the changes in the sound of the group as they experiment on various albums, hairstyles and behind the scenes drama between all the band members.
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