Look, I’m not going to do a bunch of research or try to dazzle you with BS, I’m just going to make a few comments on this “special” presentation from the Reelz network, and then let you make your own opinion.
Freddie Mercury: the Great Pretender Revealed
First, this show (documentary?) is specifically about the last couple years of the incomparable Freddie Mercury’s life, as AIDS finally began to eat away at his health and he finally died on November 24, 1991.
By flashing back to the early days of Queen and Freddie’s eventual acceptance of his own sexuality, FM:TGPR uses (bad) look-alikes and testimony from former “associates” of the band to construct a history of how Freddie’s public and private personas evolved, and how that finally came back to haunt him.
It is, on its face, a fairly loving tribute to Freddie, and I can’t say that I’m sorry I watched it. But… but I do have a couple questions:
- Why was there no actual Queen music in this? None. I was listening for it and heard none.
- Of all the people that should have been talking, especially about the last days when Freddie was running himself into the ground recording, literally on the brink of death, why were there no appearances by Roger Taylor, Brian May, or John Deacon? Not a single word from any of them.
- There is no “new” footage in this two-hour program. All photos and footage are from already released media, although, as noted above, any concert footage runs without the audio. Weird, right?
This show was released on January 17, 2017, just 2 months after the 25th anniversary of Freddie’s death.
I’m just saying. It feels scammy.