Blackwhite wrote:Tfp, was that clip representative of the standard of the acting and the writing? Does it ever rise above Les Dennis?
well, i mean, most of the bits that revolve around freddie's bandmates are more or less execrably bad - two of them at least [may & taylor, the ones whose portrayals do the most speaking in the clip above] were heavily invoved in the making and their 'side of the story' is very much pushed - the other bandmates, good solid family men [albeit with just enough of a rogueish side to make them all-round likeable], were the glue that held things together [and, they emphasise, providing no small part of the real inspiration rather than just solid graft], without them freddie's degeneracy [and, possibly implied, modest level of solo talent] would have forever held him back, back etc. this is done very blatantly - for quite a long part of the film freddie has left to 'go solo' [something that i'm not sure happened in the same way at all in real life], seeking, they say, to emulate michael jackson's successful departure from his brothers' band, but is too busy hoovering up marching powder from a succession of well-used hollywood recta to produce anything even halfway worthwhile. but then within seemingly minutes of returning to the fold the old magic is back & he's producing the most famous live performance ever.
the film is imo overall saved to being pretty decent by other features, most notably the mercury actor, who does a really great job of capturing some of what made him such a, uh, charming fellow, and just, y'know, the way they [sometimes] capture the feel of the era in terms of live aid etc.
but best picture? never ever.