Joy and horror and sadness and all those big emotions.
May told Classic Rock magazine that although he has seen pieces of the film many times, it still hits him in the nerve. "It's very emotional. It’s all about Freddie. Yes, we are in there, but the story is about Freddie and that was always the aim."
He adds, "Obviously Freddie is so precious to us. One of the great breakthroughs early on was screenwriter Peter Morgan saying, 'This is a film about family.' It’s about all the stuff that happens in a family – some good, some bad, the going away, the searching for independence and then the nurture of the family."
May believes the film is all about that but it's also about "Freddie's emerging talent, his amazing resilience and sense of humour."
He also thinks Freddie Mercury would think of it as "fair cop" as it shows "all his greatness and all his fallibility and insecurity - the whole bit". He explains, "I think it shows him very truthfully and not sycophantically, but in a way that appreciates his talent.
May describes Mercury as one of a kind as he has never met anyone like him in his current lifetime.