Watched “Bohemian Rhapsody” last night, and loved it. Some of the many thoughts the movie left me with:
1) Freddie truly loved his fiancée, and felt jealousy (initially) of the new men in her life and eventual pregnancy, even as he came to terms with his homosexuality. It reminded me of the famous Whitman’s quote: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
2) When Bohemian Rhapsody came out, critics destroyed it, and I couldn’t stop smiling when the movie showed the nasty headlines of the time. You can feel their pride, biases and insecurity as you read them. Why do we listen to journalists and critics, again?
3) When it comes to artistic creativity, there’s no replacing the hunger and full devotion of the young. Freddie wasn’t great as a post-Queen solo artist, same as none of Michael Jackson’s songs from the late 90-00s are among his best. This is one area where I think the arts and businesses are different… Art is about exploring yourself and expressing raw emotion, which is probably easier during the selfishness and optimism of our early years. Business innovation is, on the contrary, about understanding the world and what can change people’s behavior, and this is where experience is more helpful.