Queen's Live Aid Show Recreated For 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Joann Johnston
November 6, 2018

But in reality, Mercury did not even know he had the disease before Live Aid.

Industry estimates stated that Bohemian Rhapsody would make only $40 million at the most for its opening, so the final results are nicely ahead of that.

Though Mr Robot star Rami Malek's performance as Freddie Mercury has been applauded, most have deemed it a run-of-the-mill biopic, and something of a missed opportunity to explore the Queen's frontman's legendary hellraising.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the much-hyped Queen biopic, topped the weekend box office taking in $50 million domestically.

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The folks over at IndieWire have collected just a few of the responses from critics, including this gem from UPROXX's Mike Ryan: "I've never seen a film distort its facts in such a punitive way".

Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't start at the beginning of Mercury's live, but instead covers a period of 15 years when Queen was on the rise and then its comeback and performance at Live Aid 1985.

"In a piece called "'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is an Insult to Freddie Mercury", Daily Beast writer Kevin Fallon said the handling of Mercury's HIV diagnosis in the film was "a cruel and manipulative version of tragedy porn that is inaccurate and perpetuates the trope of AIDS as punishment for gay promiscuity". The film holds a 60% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and some reviews have been critical of the film's take on Mercury's life and sexuality. You could always tell there would be trouble with the rest of the band. "It was the true fans who connect to the music of Queen and in particular Freddie Mercury that made this a hit".

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