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Was really hyped for this biopic but I have been reading rather negative reviews -- mainly about the movie being dumbed down for a PG-13 rating and getting a lot of the music history timeline mixed up.

Can't believe the studio took what could have been a really hardcore rock band story and instead softened it up.

...but then again, I have yet to personally see this film.
 

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I thought the film was thoroughly entertaining. In a way, it is similar to the musician biopics that MGM made in its heyday - the timelines may be wrong, and the sexuality may not be explicit enough for everyone's tastes, but it features great performances (yet another unrecognizable performance by Mike Myers) and of course great music. See it at a theater with a good sound system, like DC's Uptown.
 

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I thought the film was thoroughly entertaining. In a way, it is similar to the musician biopics that MGM made in its heyday - the timelines may be wrong, and the sexuality may not be explicit enough for everyone's tastes, but it features great performances (yet another unrecognizable performance by Mike Myers) and of course great music. See it at a theater with a good sound system, like DC's Uptown.


Agreed! HUGE Queen fan here: saw them in ‘80, ‘82 and ‘06 (
with Paul Rodgers) and Brian’s solo tour in the mid ‘90s. Yes, the musical timeline isn’t accurate and there are artistic liberties taken for the sake of drama. But some moments gave me chills, a few tears and smiles. Remi Malek and Gwylim Lee (Brian May) are so good it’s scary.
 

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I also saw it, and “dumbed down” isn’t accurate. It was fantastic! Rami Malek deserves the Oscar. Even thought the timeline wasn’t accurate, I thought the whole thing was amazing.
 

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I got to see it, and I must say, it was pretty darn good. The recreation of the Live Aid concert was so spot-on, when I compared it to the actual concert on YouTube it was pretty much a mirror of the film. Astonishing that they were able to do that. It was an excellent film despite the inaccuracies.
 

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I got to see it, and I must say, it was pretty darn good. The recreation of the Live Aid concert was so spot-on, when I compared it to the actual concert on YouTube it was pretty much a mirror of the film. Astonishing that they were able to do that. It was an excellent film despite the inaccuracies.


It’s interesting that they made the Live Aid sequence so accurate (I heard right down to the placement of the cups on Freddie’s piano) yet so many other storylines are dramatized or downright fictional!
 

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I got to see it, and I must say, it was pretty darn good. The recreation of the Live Aid concert was so spot-on, when I compared it to the actual concert on YouTube it was pretty much a mirror of the film. Astonishing that they were able to do that. It was an excellent film despite the inaccuracies.
I'm seeing it today. The inaccuracies of such biopics usually don't bother me so I'm looking forward to seeing it.
 

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Thoroughly enjoyed the movie, despite historical/chronological inaccuracies. The essential story is there, and what we have is a joyful celebration of a very important rock band and the extremely talented yet lonely man who was at its center. Rami Malek's performance is astounding. As for the vocal numbers, I have never, ever seen such masterful lip-synching work by an actor. And this film definitely deserves an Oscar nomination--if not the award itself--for sound mixing.
 

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I got to see it, and I must say, it was pretty darn good. The recreation of the Live Aid concert was so spot-on, when I compared it to the actual concert on YouTube it was pretty much a mirror of the film. Astonishing that they were able to do that. It was an excellent film despite the inaccuracies.

A bit of the how the did it stuff.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life...-created-queens-epic-live-aid-set/1845037002/

Interesting note about the movie vs. real life:

"Unsure how much time he has left, the ailing Mercury agrees to do the show and make amends with his former bandmates, whom he alienated when he left Queen to pursue a solo career. (In reality, Mercury hadn't yet been diagnosed, and the band was still together.)"
 

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Despite the inaccuracies, I thought the film was outstanding. One of the best films I've seen this year. I was a casual fan of their music which means I liked certain songs more so than some others they produced so I'm not really aware of the inaccuracies of their exact storyline. I figured half of my movie audience based on age and stuff are in the same boat as I in which we're not diehard fans. This movie made $50M this past weekend. You have to figure a bunch of crossover patrons were part of that box office. Hell, I might see it again because the Dolby Atmos was tremendous. I remembered watching Live Aid at home so seeing the reenactment of the concert did bring back some memories of it. God, he was a great performer as lead singer of one of the most influential bands in rock music. My favorite Queen song is "Under Pressure" with David Bowie. I can listen to that song ten times in a row.
 

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Interesting that in the movie they're playing Rick James "Super Freak" in a party scene and a vision of MC Hammer popped into my head.;)

I read a comment somewhere online that confused "Superfreak" with "U Can't Touch This" and therefore complained about yet another timeline error in the film. LOL
 

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Thoroughly enjoyed the movie, despite historical/chronological inaccuracies. The essential story is there, and what we have is a joyful celebration of a very important rock band and the extremely talented yet lonely man who was at its center. Rami Malek's performance is astounding. As for the vocal numbers, I have never, ever seen such masterful lip-synching work by an actor. And this film definitely deserves an Oscar nomination--if not the award itself--for sound mixing.
Agreed!! (And one for Rami Malek.)
 

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Despite the inaccuracies, I thought the film was outstanding. One of the best films I've seen this year. I was a casual fan of their music which means I liked certain songs more so than some others they produced so I'm not really aware of the inaccuracies of their exact storyline. I figured half of my movie audience based on age and stuff are in the same boat as I in which we're not diehard fans. This movie made $50M this past weekend. You have to figure a bunch of crossover patrons were part of that box office. Hell, I might see it again because the Dolby Atmos was tremendous. I remembered watching Live Aid at home so seeing the reenactment of the concert did bring back some memories of it. God, he was a great performer as lead singer of one of the most influential bands in rock music. My favorite Queen song is "Under Pressure" with David Bowie. I can listen to that song ten times in a row.
My favourite too!
 

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Saw this yesterday in London. It’s a terrific film. I think they took a few too many dramatic licences regarding the chronology of events, as mentioned above, but otherwise it’s great.

Malek is sensational and as for “Brian May”, I swear they borrowed a time machine and brought the real one back from the Seventies.

From a British point of view, I spotted a few Americanisms that probably wouldn’t have been said by Brits at the time. Eg. Counter-clockwise as opposed to anti-clockwise. And the kid from Jurassic Park had a spot-on accent apart from one line towards the end where he lost is. But these are minor quibbles.
 

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