By Brandon Tretter
Bohemian Rhapsody premieres in North America tomorrow. The film had been previously released in the U.K on Oct. 24.
Rami Malek stars in the role of Freddy Mercury, chronicling legendary rock band Queen leading up to their 1985 Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium.
Known for #1 hits such as Under Pressure, We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen released 15 studio albums from 1973 to 1995 with 13 of them going platinum.
Mercury passed away from AIDS in 1991, however Queen guitarist Brian May has seen the film and is very complimentary, telling Classic Rock magazine the film brought him “Joy and horror and sadness and all those big emotions.”
May would also tell Classic Rock magazine that he thought the film was a fair portrayal of Mercury.
“I think it shows him very truthfully and not sycophantically, but in a way that appreciates his talent. Because he was sure was unique. I’ve never met anybody like Freddie in my life, before or since, and it’s probably not going to happen again.”
Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 57% saying on their website “Bohemian Rhapsody hits a handful of high notes but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a melody than a greatest hits collection.”
IMDB is more favourable of the film, giving it 8.4 out of 10.
Showtimes for Bohemian Rhapsody at the Cineplex on the Queensway can be found here