Film #275: QUEEN: MERCURY RISING
Queen: Mercury Rising
3 out of 5 stars
This career overview from 2011 of the band Queen is pretty much an A&E BIOGRAPHY type thing featuring archival interview footage as well as interviews with a lot of people who worked behind the scenes with the band (managers, PR people, photographers, etc). While comprehensive, there is a distinct lack of footage OF the band talking. Most of what’s here is from older chat shows and a lot of time is spent leading up to NIGHT AT THE OPERA, but then the narrative speeds up and the later years get kind of glossed over. All in all though, it’s a solid primer on the band (although there are better ones out there: THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES for example is far superior). But this is a nice little overview of the band, their influence on music, and their impact on what we now know as “music video.” Worthwhile… but once you’ve seen this, go look at THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES which is available in its entirety on YouTube.
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