My Review Baz Lurhmann's - Elvis
My Rating 7.5 /10
10/10 for Austin Butler's portrayal as Elvis
Elvis has the Baz Lurhmann brand all over it as it's bound to seeing Baz wrote the story as well as Directed and Produced the movie . Whether that's a good thing or not I'm not so sure but top marks for his choice of Austin Butler to play the title role of Elvis Presley.
Austin Butler had big shoes to fill and Elvis fans won't be disappointed as he portrays the iconic singer over more than 20 years of his life covering the 50s, 60s, and 70s, eras from his childhood and meteoric rise to stardom to his long, slow decline.
This biographical movie unlike the 2019 movie Judy I'm pleased to say covers the good years as well as the sad years when Elvis left us tragically aged only 42 under identical circumstances to Judy Garland who was 47.
Both stars burnt out prematurely both were exploited but their fame and legacy of music and film footage will live on for centuries as they are both true historical cultural icons.
Austin Butler really does hold the entire movie together for me he gives much more than an Elvis impersonation which so many performers have done before.
At times and at certain camera angles Austin Butler looks uncannily identical to Elvis Presley and he sings the early Elvis songbook in his own voice to perfection. Austin's voice is only blended with Elvis's own voice in the later Las Vegas years .
Many other actors in addition to Austin Butler auditioned for the role including Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Harry Styles but the right choice to play Elvis certainly was Austin Butler in my opinion.
Unlike Rami Malik who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and had the Freddie Mercury teeth he wore cast in gold , Austin Butler's transformation really just relies on eye make up ,hairstyle and the tight pants and flamboyant shirts and capes that Elvis wore during his performances.
I'm certain Austin Butler's performance is what prompted the Elvis movie to receive a 12 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Rami Malik received an Oscar and lip synched the songs so Austin Butler who sings in his own voice should at least get a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 2023.
There were positives I liked in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis and negatives as much as I admire Tom Hanks as an Actor the role of Colonel Tom Parker who is the storyteller through whose eyes we see the rise and fall of The King of Rock is a despicable and ugly character . While of course he is a central character in the Elvis Presley story I felt telling the story through such an unsympathetic character was unnecessary and I found Tom Hanks Dutch accent and his prosthetic nose a little irritating at times.
The Cinematography by Mandy Walker is stunning as are the costumes by Baz Luhrmann's 4 time Academy Award winning wife Catherine Martin .
All biography movies stretch or modify the facts to a certain extent to add more dramatic content and while this story is reasonably accurate Baz has used some poetic licence in some scenes . The emotional meeting of Elvis and the Producer Steve Binder of his 1968 Christmas comeback show at the iconic rusting L. A. Hollywood sign never happened but it's effective.
The opening introduction scene of Colonel Tom Parker discovering Elvis at the Carnival which I'm sure was inspired by Guillermo del Toro's recent movie Nightmare Alley also never occurred. World events of that time are used as a timeline like the assassination of Bobby Kennedy during taping of an Elvis television show also are fiction but it does add drama to the script.
There's also a silly hysterical scene where an entire Christmas snow set is built to convince The Colonel that Elvis was going to sing Here Comes Santa Claus in his 1968 comeback show this also apparently was a complete fiction as was the fact that Elvis was persuaded by Parker to enlist in the army rather than being arrested for his suggestive stage gyrations. Elvis did not enlist he was drafted and surrounded by the media when he entered the Army in March 1958.
Those who love Showman Baz Luhrmann's flamboyant highly individual directing style I'm sure will love Elvis I enjoyed it but didn't love it.
The supporting cast that includes Olivia De Jonge as Pricilla Richard Roxburgh as Vernon Presley Helen Thomson as Gladys and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jimmie Rodgers Snow are all good but in my view could have been featured more .
I personally think he lacks subtlety and while putting on a great show his script in this case focuses to much on the character of Colonel Tom Parker and as I recently referred to heroes as main characters in stories Colonel Tom Parker was no hero. Colonel Tom reminds me more of Rumpelstiltskin in more ways than one Elvis turned the straw that Colonel Tom Parker gave him into gold and like the Princess in the Grimm's Fairy Tale sadly Elvis paid a very high price.
Biography / Drama / Music
Biography / Drama / Music
Elvis follows the story of infamous rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley seen through the eyes of his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker. The film explores Elvis Presley's highs and lows and the many challenges and controversies he received throughout his career.
September 02, 2022 at 04:44 PM
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Austin Butler a 10/10 Baz Luhrmann a 7.5 /10
My Review Baz Lurhmann's - Elvis
Austin Butler Was Amazing!
It's probably not the best biopic ever made but I personally loved this take on Elvis. I loved that it exposed The Colonel's abuse and gave some insight to just how much Elivs worked for the benefit of others. He took care of everyone.
I'm not gonna give a long review. I just wanted to share how good I thought it was. Austin Butler deserves an award for how brilliant he was in this role. I saw where some reviewers were complaining about him not looking closely enough like Elvis but I thought he was a nice fit. There was only one Elvis folks. We just have to work with what we have and as I mentioned, I believe Austin deserves an award. He put serious thought and effort into playing this role. He wasn't hard on the eyes either!! Great Job!!
Incredibly exciting and a roller coaster of emotions! Incredible performance by Austin Butler
Elvis is a movie everyone needs to see! One of the greatest biopics is finally here and it does not disappoint. Fans of all generations will love this film for years to come.
Elvis is told from the point of view of Colonel Parker (Tom Hanks) who used to be Elvis's manager. He tells the story of how he met Elvis (Austin Butler) and how the singer took the world by storm. The film covers the years of Elvis's life as a young adult until his passing.
This is an incredible and exciting film. From the opening scene until the credits roll, the movie is a roller coaster of emotions. Austin's performance as the king of Rock n Roll is revolutionary. It's impossible to take your eyes off of him. He truly becomes Elvis with his mannerisms and dancing. Austin's performance is Oscar-worthy, just like the rest of the film. The movie humanizes Elvis, where audiences see him as more than just a performer. It's heartbreaking to see how this larger-than-life legend never lived the life he wanted. The film unites both Elvis fans and non-enthusiasts by showing this icon in a never-before-seen profile. Following Elvis throughout his life and witnessing his love of music made me feel as if he's been a friend of mine for years. Producer/Director/Writer, Baz Lurhmann delivers an incredible film and story here. It is completely engaging, has a perfect mix of modern music and Elvis classics, along with swapping between Elvis and the Colonel's points of view. Archival elements such as newspaper headlines and comic book art are put to good use and the film ends with a video recording of Elvis's last concert. The costumes are spectacular. The scene of Elvis's Las Vegas residency wearing his iconic white suit is beautiful since it looks like the viewers are watching a live performance. This is one movie that you should watch in theaters to capture its greatness. The music blaring; Austin's acting; and the cinematography should be experienced on the big screen.
Elvis offers several themes, but the most important one is to live the life you want to. Elvis's mother warned him of living a life to please others and that he would eventually lose himself, which is exactly what happened. Elvis never lived his life for himself and, in the end, it consumed him.
I give Elvis 5 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 plus adults. It premieres in theaters June 24, 2022. By Heather S., KIDS FIRST.
JiveSamba your overratted... and an idiot,
The Best Elvis Biopic Ever! A True Masterpiece......This Movie Will Make Millions Of New Elvis Fans,Long Live The King.
Overrated, just like Elvis himself.
Elvis the pelvis. :D
Great cast! Great script! Great film! Hard to go past this modern gem! 10 out of 10
@Oliebol I guess you were THERE?? How would YOU know it's inaccurate?? According to Priscilla Presley (during an interview) it's the most accurate take on her husband she has ever seen and it brought her to tears.
Great film! I saw it at the cinema when it came out and enjoyed it immensely! :) 9 out of 10
WORST Elvis Costello biopic... EVER !!! :)
i download the 4k veraion... awsome movie.. about to rewatch it
I am confused whether to download this or get Real Elvis concerts movie like This is it ... I noticed the Data Size is too big (1.43gig) for a simple featurette. If this is Avemgers, i have no complaint on size. This is too big. Should been like 700-900mb only. Too much !!!!
Very good to watch, a great bio movie!
Thanks Freeman... please please please try to upload THE LADY OF HEAVEN
Going to annoy wikipedia and google. Elvis invented rock and roll! imagine assigning a music genre to a race only on wikipedia and google.
Lol @Lui10... Calm down.
Anything by that twat baz lurhmann gets a hell no from me.. john carpenters biography of elvis is far superior, hell even bubba hotep is more interesting and fun than this fictional account..
I haven't seen movie this good in decades. I Love it to bits, absolute masterpiece.
the 4k version is messed up. has a pink line on the bottom
DC LEAGUE OF SUPER PETS
elvis is currently the president of the united African states.
I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT LIKE THAT, PEDOPHILE, HUM
2012 'Elvis found alive' was a pretty good documentary. I'd rate this 3 hour film a generous 2.
What a Woke mess! Elvis fantasy pic to push racial agendas. While it uses the tentpoles of Elvis's life and career, they just make up the rest in between for the narrative they try to create. Not any sort of real factual biography. The fact they are pushing it as real and not made up is insulting.
Bubba Ho-Tep is the better bio pic. Even played todays horrible rap between scenes.
Its a hurried mess but a long movie.
This is a hurried mess. Half of this movie is just fiction just to make Elvis seem like he really had soul and loved black people. The dude didn't even sound black.
amazing how people continually celebrate that pedophile. He was no better than R. Kelly, attracted to 14 year old girls, GTFOH
Wrong turn all movies in 4K please
Elvis in one of his concerts saw a sign and read YOU ARE THE KING then he said to the crowd I am not the king jesus is king ELVIS loved the Lord this movie didnt show his religious Upbringing.