The story of Freddie Mercury is in some ways the tragic artist story. Here’s just a brief note from Wiki about his background which none of us really knew about until recently. “Farrokh Bulsara (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991), known professionally as Freddie Mercury, was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. He was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and “We Are the Champions”. He led a solo career while performing with Queen, and occasionally served as a producer and guest musician for other artists.
Mercury was born of Parsi descent on Zanzibar, and grew up there and in India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England, in his late teens. He formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 due to complications from AIDS, having confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease.” One more thing— his parents were Zoroastrian and felt forced to movie from India to Zanzibar to escape condemnation.
As for Queen the band, they were fantastic live performers. No doubt. And they were indeed very experimental, trying all sorts of popular music on their albums. But none of their albums could really be called great from start to finish, except of course the Greatest Hits albums (I prefer the double CD one). But their hits were humongous and twice over Bohemian Rhapsody became a number one hit in the US. Few other records have ever done that (Nights in White Satin— Moody Blues, comes to mind).
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, especially the music. It’s well done, and even includes ‘Austin Powers aka Mike Myers in a cameo as a record exec for EMI. There is no nudity in this movie, or for that matter bad language, but this is an adult movie for adults.