All Hollywood musicals need a big final set piece, one final rousing list to return all the narrative yarns back together, and furnish redemption to our collapse superstar. Eccentric Rhapsody, the 2018 biopic about Freddie Mercury and the band Queen, employs Live Aid as its final numeral. We’ve written abroadabout how this was not really the final hurrah for the band , nor was this some kind of triumphant return after years in the Wilderness.( “Radio Gaga” and “I Want to Break Free” had been in the charts simply over a year previous .) Neither was it their biggest concert of the 1980 s. That would be the Wembley concert of 1986, where they are able to fill the exact same stadium used for Live Aid, but this time it was just for them.

But Hollywood charges not for that, so instead tells look at how faithfully Rami Malek and his colleague performers( along with what might have been Bryan Singer as administrator or perhaps Brendan Fletcher, the man who replaced him after occurrences we’d very not go into, gaze it up) reliably recreate those 20 splendid instants. After all, it was one of “the worlds largest” watched occurrences in the summer of 1985. There is video evidence!

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I’ll leave it up to you out there to debate over Malek’s performance, which is going to suffer no matter what he does in a side-by-side with the real thing. Instead , notice how the filmmakers use certain parts of the performance to complete the narratives of the film. We get a cutaway to Brian May( Gwilym Lee) with a “by George he’s actually got it” look on his face–relief that Mercury finally got it together for the performance. There’s no equivalent shot in real life. The kiss that Mercury blows to somebody off camera is received by his mother and sister back at his childhood home.

After Mercury’s call-and-response with the teeming gathering, the band dives into “Hammer to Fall” and the cinema reductions to a montage to show Live Aid’s phones ringing off the hook, expectant sees wanting to donate even more because of Queen’s performance. This is again Hollywood hokum, as gifts only really stepped up after Bob Geldof went in front of the cameras a little after Queen raised the house down and harangued viewers.

Still, you have to hand it to the movie for having the stones to indulge in the full 20 hour specify, despite silly moves like pare away to the movie’s “you’ll never go anywhere” record executive for the line “no time for losers” during the final song.( D’oh !)

YouTube user Juan Dela Cruz, who made this side-by-side, has offset two other similarity videos exploiting existing footage and the film: Part One is here, and here’s Part Two.

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Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts which is now hosts the Notes from the Shed podcast and is the producer of KCRW’s Curious Coast. You are also welcome to follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, and/ or watch his movies here.

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