I want this movie to be good. I really want the Freddie Mercury biopic to be good. Please please please let Bohemian Rhapsody be good.
This doesn't look good.
Well, at least Rami Malek looks the part of Mercury, and the concert footage looks like something approximating a live concert recording. But there doesn't seem to be any personality behind the glitz and glamour. Everything looks fake and flat, with pretty much every character looking like cheap 1970s cosplay going through the motions of just another tale of a musical artist's meteoric rise. Granted, the trailer is short, but we get no real indication of Mercury's pathos, his closeted (or open) bisexuality, or his struggle with AIDS. Instead we get a medley of famous Queen songs paired with the same trite beats one would expect from a Lifetime movie.
Frankly, this seems like a salvage job, with new director Dexter Fletcher trying to pick up the pieces of a production Bryan Singer abandoned and was fired from, and given Singer's track record for flimsy, phony-looking films, his final product might not have been so great anyway.
I guess we'll just have to see when Bohemian Rhapsody stumbles its way into theaters on November 2.