Regardless of your Elvis fandom, you’ll enjoy this brilliant movie.
By Michael Hartmann. November 17, 2022. Updated December 9, 2022.
Austin Butler is a stunningly beautiful actor from Anaheim, California. His portrayal of “The King” is incredible!
He looks like Elvis, walks like Elvis, sounds like Elvis, and dances like Elvis. It is the finest example I can think of where an actor is amazingly similar to the person he is portraying.
Austin Butler is sensational as Presley. He convinces at every age, from teen to 42.
The film is told from the perspective of manager Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks), who never had Elvis’ interests in mind.
Australian director Baz Lurhmann delivers as usual. His movies are fast-paced. Images, scenes, texts, and other elements are being thrown across the screen in a manner that can feel overwhelming. This is also true for “Elvis”.
This movie focuses mainly on Elvis Presley’s early career.
Yes, there is a scene in which Elvis shoots his television. But thankfully Luhrmann spares us from fat-suited up, giant sandwich eating montages…
I am reminded of Luhrmann’s storytelling style in his early films. Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rogue (2001) are like energetic rock concerts. Many things are happening at once. On the other hand, this guarantees that Lurhmann’s movies are never boring.
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Watch this movie…
… if you’re an Elvis fan.
… if you like American pop culture from the 50s and 60s.
… if you’d like to treat yourself to a fantastic music movie.
Here’s the complete soundtrack. Enjoy!
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More movies by Baz Luhrman:
Romeo + Juliet (1996). Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes:
Moulin Rouge (2001). Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman:
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