Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s biographical movie titled ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released on October 24, 2018. The movie narrates and recounts the journey of both Queen and Freddie Mercury from the initial rise of the band all the way to their remarkable performance at Live Aid concert in 1985, which is also the point where the movie ends.
The movie has received huge success, becoming the world’s highest grossing music-biography movie of all time. In addition, the movie was met with positive reception and reviews.
However, many people who have seen the movie expressed their disappointment at the fact that the movie ends with the performance at the Live Aid concert and does not include more from the period of Freddie’s life after the 1985 concert.
How It Should Have Ended?
Many people who have seen the movie expressed their feeling that the movie should have also included parts from Mercury’s life after his diagnosis with HIV-positive, as this period remains one of Mercury’s most intriguing years of his life, as he remained active in the next six years of his life until his death. In that time period Mercury still produced songs and featured in music videos.
Even though Mercury was terminally ill and weakened, to the point where he could barely walk, he still retained his robust and determined attitude and completed the production of “The Show Must Go On” which was released posthumously after his passing in the 1991 album Innuendo.
Brian May recalls the famous exchange between himself and Freddie Mercury during the recording of the “The Show Must Go On” as told by May himself: “I said, ‘Fred, I don’t know if this is going to be possible to sing and he went, ‘I’ll fucking do it, darling’ — vodka down — and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal.” (Wikipedia)
In an interview, Rami Malek, the actor who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the movie, replied to the comments regarding the parts about Mercury’s life that did not make it into the movie by stating that he too would love it if the movie could have been extended by an hour so that more about the band and Mercury’s life and character could be portrayed.
Malek further stated that, he believes due to the two hour limitation Brian May, Roger Taylor and the production team decided to make the movie more focused on how Mercury and the band helped destroy conceptions and stereotypes about how music should be and how people should act in public.
In short, along with Rami Malek, some people seem to think that the movie could have been so much better if it could have been extended an hour more to include more of Freddie Mercury’s accomplishments and journey after the 1985 AID concert, and if the movie had instead ended with the depiction of the famous story between Brian May and Freddie Mercury during the production of “The Show Must Go On”.