The anachronisms I can live with. Asshole Freddie breaking up the band - that's incredibly insulting and disrespectful to the memory of the man.
What worries me is that it does seem like a very enjoyable film. The music is great, the acting is great, and the world loves Freddie. But I worry that the casual observer will swallow it all up. Most of them won’t get home and start fact-checking. The lies in the film will become part of conventional public knowledge. I worry that as Queen (or more specifically, Freddie) fans we’re going to have to do some myth debunking for years to come to defend our icon.
I've been a Queen fan since I was 11. One of the reasons they stayed with me for such a long time is that from everything I've heard and read about them, they are all down-to-earth nice guys. I remember reading in my early days of fandom that Freddie was often the balancing force in the band, he was the peacemaker when the others were fighting, he was always quick to compromise. I find that endearing. My love for the band has gone beyond simply enjoying the music.
This movie tells newcomers that Freddie Mercury was an asshole, borderline drug addict. It tells them that he was a diva who broke up the band.
Nothing is further from the truth.
No, I wasn't there when the alleged meeting in Jim Beach's office took place. But I do know that the band never broke up. I do know that Freddie Mercury wasn't the first member of Queen to release a solo record. Nor was he the second. In fact, Brian May played on Mr. Bad Guy.
Anachronisms for dramatic effect are understandable. Lying to the audience about something so fundamental is not okay.
by kamenliter »
>As a fan, if I'd have been making this film, I would've made an even bigger deal out of the guitar. It's the most >integral part of Queen's sound aside from Freddie's vocals.
It's hard to believe they made no mention that Brian built his guitar. But they felt it necessary to mention three times that Roger was a dentist and Brian an Astrophysicist. John even got to mention he studied electrical engineering.
They showed no Queen album artwork, aside from an obscured view of the Day At The Races cover image on a drum head or vinyl along with a couple of other vinyls (the actual record, not the sleeve) in a montage. Nothing else, aside from the faux Hot Space cover during the press conference.
There was also no mention of any Queen album by name! Not even A Night At The Opera. Strange. By the time they had gotten to their TOTP performance they had yet to even mention that an album had been released. Suddenly they're now touring Japan and the world, but as far as we know, they've had just one hit with Killer Queen.
The AIDS was ridiculous. I don’t know when he was diagnosed, but I think conventional wisdom is that it was probably after Live Aid. But even if he was diagnosed far earlier than that, he wouldn’t have been coughing his lungs up 6+ years before he died.
Even the text at the end was wrong. He was cremated, yes, but not in accordance with Zoroastrian tradition. That’s only how Zoroastrians are disposed of when they happen to live in countries that frown upon putting their bodies at the top of towers for vultures to eat. On the plus side, Freddie’s carcas did get eaten by vultures 27 years later.
The problem is they chose a narrative that involved drama where no drama existed in real life. They toured in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986. Maybe the year off roughly coincides with Freddie recording Mr Bad Guy and having huge amount of sex in New York and Munich, but between the end of the Hot Space tour and the start of the sessions for The Works there was what, 9 months?
The boring truth is that Queen was a well-oiled machine with four members who were all professionals with their own lives and limited social interaction with one another. Any falling out was very short-lived and the drama the film created was almost entirely fiction.