Ignore. The. Fucking. Movie. Critics.
Here is what no one has said, not even on YouTube: This movie will make you cry.
Unless you’re a goddammed robot. Which the reviewer for The New York Times probably is. I read that review before seeing it.
1) A line I loved in the trailers wasn’t in the movie. On the other hand, there were other lines that weren’t in any of the trailers that were even more powerful.
2) Freddie’s cats are never explained. They should have been. “Freddie, why do you have so many cats?” and an answer would have sufficed. As shown, they can be interpreted as a foreshadowing of his being “weird” to begin with. That’s just wrong.
3) How much “gay” satisfies the goddammed activists? There was plenty of it in the movie. Freddie being gay — or bi — wasn’t hidden at all.
The Internet fails in finding the movie this line was first applied to: “History as it never happened.” That’s probably the case here (Queen fans on YouTube point out one chronological error most people won’t know; I didn’t) but it’s still a hell of a movie. Another line applied to a movie was: “Never let history get in the way of telling a good story.” This is a good — but sad — story.
It ends with Queen’s triumphant Live Aid concert appearance. Which adds depth to the song, “We Are The Champions” and, really, despite its exhilaration actually adds to the sadness.
Go see it.