As I was bored and strolled around some vlogs on YouTube one fine Sunday afternoon, my attention was caught on one particular trailer : Bohemian Rhapsody movie. I was like “WHAT!” and jumped up from my bed, sat up straight and clicked on the clip. It was such a news that I didn’t even know, that one of the greatest band of all time, with one of the best frontman ever, QUEEN and THE FREDDIE MERCURY, came to life in one 134 minutes movie.
I remembered when I was three and one particular song played along as I played with my dollhouse and stuff, and it crossed my mind : who is this lady, singing such a sad song, it sounds so desperate but so beautiful. I shredded the thoughts off as my grandmother called me for ice cream. Anyway, it’s always been scored to my mind, a Queen’s song. A legendary band playing legendary hits with legendary story, especially the lead singer : Freddie Mercury.
My Dad is a big fan of music. I’ve known The Beatles, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Madonna, you name it, and one of the history he told me and filled me in with the songs were Queen. With his collections of giant speakers and music players, songs like Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody To Love and so on has been something that’s close to my ears and heart. My fascination through Freddie Mercury has always been his stage performance, even though by then I know that Love of My Life was sung by a guy who happened to be The Freddie Mercury later on when I got into my teenage years and nosy about all the things that Dad has told me. Later on, I found out that he was gay and died because of the complication of AIDS. It creeped me out how I could feel so sad about a man whose voice has been ringing in my ears growing up and how it pained me that he was already a dead man.
So then, there I was, in a movie theatre with a friend, seeing an altered life of Freddie Mercury. It didn’t bother me that some histories have been changed. What mattered to me was that I got the picture of Freddie’s life. And as I imagined it would be, I could almost pictured myself that he was indeed a beautiful human being, who got lost because he was lonely, who looked for warmth and happiness in all the empty spaces to fill the void, who thankfully found his way back home and found love. For me he was more than a man, he was a beautifully crafted creature by God, who sadly died way too young. If he were alive, only God knows how amazing he would be.
After some tears and some sleeps later, I browsed through Freddie’s interviews when he was alive and well I could see how funny and kind he was as a human. How he answered to everybody who interviewed him, how he treated others candidly, how he joked and how he loved. I’m pretty sure he was an amazing guy.
Some of the facts that I loved about the movie was the beautiful settings and the fashion. I could die seeing all the gorgeous outfits and decors. I don’t know about what you think, but the movie captivated me. And with blasting Queen’s songs in my car while I’m driving nowadays, I could almost feel like that Freddie will never die.
I read on some articles that Jim Hutton didn’t leave Freddie even when he knew he got AIDS. He nursed him, cared for him and were present when Freddie took his last breathe. But boy, did I want to punch the Paul Printer guy in the balls real hard with pointy boots. Talk about a real life villain. I just wished that things happened sooner between these two beautiful people.
So, Mr Freddie Mercury, thank you for all those beautiful songs and entertaining stage performances. They were all beautiful to watch and you’ll always be one of the most favourite idols ever in my life. I am DRAWN to you.