The King is Back - Elvis Movie
The King is back as Elvis hits theaters this weekend. Elvis
follows Presley’s (Austin Butler) life as he becomes a singing legend. This 2
hour and 39-minute movie covers over 20 years of the icon’s life. The film shows
audiences the struggles Elvis faced due to his inspirations and the complicated
relationship Elvis had with his manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The
Spoilers of Elvis.
The acting of this movie is all around fantastic. Austin Butler truly
embodies Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks does a great job of making the audience despise
him in a very short amount of time. Throughout the film I had to look closely to
figure out if they were using actual footage of Elvis, or was it, Butler. The
passion that Butler brought to the role was what really put it over the top for
me. You can see that this wasn’t just an actor playing a part, this was someone
who truly wanted to pay Elvis Presley the greatest respect by representing him
as accurately as possible.
Another “good” highlight of this movie is the music. I had been
concerned that the movie would just be Elvis singing on stage, over and over again.
Instead, we get some of these Elvis performances, along with multiple mash-up performances.
While Elvis is singing, they also overlap another singer that he drew inspiration
from. Probably my favorite musical note to the movie were the modern artists,
like Eminem and Doja Cat, who did their own unique interpretations/spin-offs of
classic Elvis’s songs.
The main downside to this movie is its run time. The film is just
20 minutes shy of 3 hours. This is partly to do with the fact that it is covering
over 20 eventful years of Elvis’s life. I had no problem with the length until
about the 2-hour mark. At this point the story seemed to lull a bit and I found
myself looking at my watching thinking there was no way I could make it another
40 minutes. The story did pick back up and that feeling went away about 10
minutes later. That being said, we don’t want to ever be sitting in a movie
hoping for it to be over soon.
My Overall Opinion
To keep it short
and sweet, I enjoyed Elvis but not everyone will. This movie is perfect
for those that have spent their lives appreciating Elvis and his music. Austin
Butler truly brings the King of Rock and Roll back to life on the big screen,
and for many that is worth a trip to the theaters. If you count yourself in
that group, then go strap on your Blue Suede Shoes and head to the theater
today. If you do not understand that reference, you should probably skip this
one and wait to rent it.
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