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I wonder why they stopped at Live Aid?


I'm a big Queen fan & loved the film, but I wonder why they only went as far as Live Aid? Now, I know that they never recovered in the States after the mid-eighties, but I always felt that after Live Aid, Queen got their second wind (as far as the rest of the World was concerned).

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I think they wanted to end on a high note and not detail how he slowly began to fade away physically..

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I agree about wanting to end on a high note but also because the movie at that point was 2:15. There's also talk of another movie! I'm hearing about how they would like to tell more of the story between Freddie and Jim. Personally I'd rather it be more about Queen. I'd like to see more about the experiences making records/videos and going on the road although maybe some would feel they've seen that story already (I still wanted more of that especially if the focus this time was about "Queen II").
I'd also like to see more about Brian, Roger and John and a little less about Freddie.
They could also incorporate a bunch of the stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor from Bohemian Rhapsody that they ran out of time for --especially '39!!!

I would love to see them do a movie all/mostly about Brian! He's such an interesting person. It would be great to see when he and his dad made the Red Special! Although I'm sure people would take a movie like that to be Brian on an ego trip if it was too much about him or Roger. This is also why I think Bohemian Rhapsody was mostly focused on Freddie, paying homage to him. And that's fine. But there are big time Brian fans, Roger fans and Deacy fans out there craving more about them too!

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Freddie Mercury didn't begin to "fade away physically" until years later. At the time of Live Aid, he didn't even know he had HIV. Live Aid was in 1985, and Mercury wasn't diagnosed until 1987.

The band also was neither feuding nor had just got back together for the show. Queen had just completed their world wide tour supporting The Works album - of which a video from a live performance had actually been aired on MTV just months before Live Aid.

In 1986, Queen was on full tour again to support the album A Kind of Magic. Mercury showed little signs of HIV, and even up to the final concerts at Wembley Stadium and Knebworth Park, he had yet to be diagnosed.

There is so much in this film that is chronologically out of place that it can't be taken seriously as a biographical film.

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Yeah, the idea of Freddie being ill gave the Live Aid performance a lot of dramatic power as well as musical, so I can see why they used it in the film even though it wasn't strictly accurate.

Now Mercury may not have been officially diagnosed, and wasn't actively dying, but he had to have been living in fear of an early death at that point. He was a sexually active gay man living during The Plague years, watching his friends and peers sicken and die one by one, and wondering if every cough or fever meant the beginning of the end for him. If he went out on that stage and sang like it was the last time, it could have been because he knew that was a strong possibility.

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I think it was a fine place to end and it made sense. As for a sequel, I tend to think it would be a critical failure, but at least a moderate success. I'm sure I'd see it but know in advance that it would be inferior.

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Hmmmm,, last hurrah?

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When you’re immortal, there is no last hurrah.

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I saw them at Wembley on the 'Kind Of Magic' tour in 86' and they blew me away. I've been to thousands of gigs and this is still in my top 5.

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Running up to Live Aid they lost their chart power in the US. Maybe that had something to do with it.

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