Reviewed bypaul2001sw-1 ([email protected])Vote: 8/10/10
Queen were the world's biggest rock band for several years; but theywere arguably almost a novelty act, their desire for innovation and thecombination of traditional rock with more operatic elements creating adistinctive (but not entirely serious) catalogue of songs. In someways, its remarkable that they managed to hold their fans' attentionfor so long. But of course, they had, in Freddie Mercury, a lead singerof amazing charisma and vocal power (he also wrote arguably their mostinteresting material, although all band members contributedcreatively). Mercury, born in Zanzibar and a transparently gay man inan otherwise straight band, died young of A.I.D.S., and is in somewaysconsidered a symbol of rock-and-roll excess. The nice thing about thisdocumentary is that it provides a view not only of his showman side,but also of the surprisingly quiet, even shy individual, when off thestage. Mostly this is a very straightforward documentary, offering an"official view" of Queen's history told mainly by surviving membersTaylor and May - John Deacon, the bassist, does not participate,although generally the tone is mutually friendly. But it genuinelyseems that mostly, the foursome's friendship held up until the end, inspite of some inevitable down-times. I enjoyed the film, mostly as areminder of how unique, and talented, Mercury was - even if you don'tactually like Queen's music, you still have to gasp as the band'saudacity.
The life and times of the rock band Queen - told in two parts covering in part one the 1970's and in part two the 1980's and beyond.