This weekend, the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody will follow the tradition of many Golden Globe winners of the past by re-appearing in theaters to take advantage of their newly-minted status.
But this one has a weird twist. Fans who attend particular screenings will see them altered with ‘subtitles’ of the lyrics of the songs performed scrolling so Queen fans that may not know all the words to these famous compositions can sing along aloud.
Eddie Trunk addressed it on his SiriusXM show recently, and Alternative Nation transcribed his comments:
Wait a minute. So you’re telling me this is going to happen theatrically. And they’re going to roll this out theatrically in a version that’s going to have lyrics come up on the screen during the music segments of the movie to encourage the paying audience in the theatre to openly sing along in their seats….that is one of the worst, most cringe-horrific ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my life. That is awful. That stinks. Ugh, are you serious? Why? They [Queen] should have not allowed that.
Hypothetically talking to the band themselves, Trunk wants Queen to be above this:
I get that that’s a nice thing to be able to do because it keeps making money theatrically, it gets people to leave the house especially when they’re coming out on DVD, but come on, don’t do that. Let’s hope if fails miserably and they just scrap that idea.
The Queen biopic will be show in over 750 theatres around the US this weekend. It’s already the highest-grossing music biopic of all-time.