Queen guitarist Brian May’s earlier suggestion that The Beatles deserved a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ style biopic has angered fans of the iconic band.
“I feel that they are underrepresented in the world as it is today,” May told Britain’s Express newspaper last February. “Kids today don’t know the Beatles as much as they should. The Beatles should be integrated into people’s lives the way Queen music is now.”
When a Twitter user revived his remarks online last week, the platform quickly tried to sweep the proposal under the rug. While “Bohemian Rhapsody” won Rami Malek an Oscar for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury, the film failed to resonate with many fans, with some viewing it as a shallow and formulaic account of the iconic frontman and rock band.
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Some Beatles fans say their story has already been told on screen several times, including when the group made its debut in the 1964 musical comedy A Hard Day’s Night. Others cited 2007’s Walk Hard. The Dewey Cox Story, starring Jack Black as Paul McCartney, Paul Rudd as John Lennon, Jason Schwartzman as Ringo Starr and Justin as George Harrison.
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Others argued that the 2007 film Across the Universe, starring Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood as two lovers whose musical background is the Beatles, was good enough for them.
“Absolutely not,” said another user. “Just watch Nowhere Boy and then Backbeat and then the Touring Years documentary. The job is done.”
Some fans flatly rejected May’s proposal, claiming the biopic would only offer a “watered down” or “shorn” version of their story, while others said they had Beatles fatigue. Moore said they don’t want another Oscar bait movie like Bohemian Rhapsody.
“The Beatles have literally had the most biopics and miniseries of any band in history, they don’t need another sanitized retelling of their story,” wrote one user.
Some critics rejected the idea of biopics altogether.
“We don’t really need any more music biographies,” replied Eli Walsh, a public health reporter.
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In an interview with The Express, May praised The Beatles as one of her musical inspirations.
“At absolutely every stage of their career and musical development, they have been role models,” he said. “And they still are for me, I must say. I love all those albums. For me, those are the biggest. They are the pinnacle of writing, performance and rock music. They broke so many barriers, they changed it. the world many times over. I will always love the Beatles without reservation.”