Elvis

I have watched this movie once. This was on .

7

The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The Man. The Legend. The King of Rock & Roll.

Elvis

Review

The movie starts off energetic and it was really interesting to see all the predominately black blues influences Elvis drew from, such as B. B. King and songs including “Hound Dog”.

Austin Butler is phenomenal and captures the charisma and appeal of Elvis incredibly well. The production value is unmatched – as is usual with Baz Lurman movies – and pairs well with the flamboyant nature of the story.

The screenplay runs out of steam towards the latter half, getting bogged down too much with the business side of Elvis’ life. If it could be trimmed down by half-an-hour it would benefit from a tighter story.

Considering he died 5 years before I was born, I know many of his songs and I’m aware of his movie career. Elvis’ influence in pop culture is still going strong. The movie makes me want to learn more about music history, from the direct influences of Elvis to the broader music scene.

This adds to a long list of good music-based biographical movies, including; Rocketman (Elton John), Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie Mercury/Queen), I’m Not There (Bob Dylan), Control (Ian Curtis/Joy Division), Love & Mercy (Brian Wilson/Beech Boys), Walk the Line (Johnny Cash), Nowhere Boy (John Lennon), The Runaways, 24 Hour Party People (Tony Wilson/Factory Records), CBGB, Summer of Soul (1969 Harlem Cultural Festival) and Amy (Amy Winehouse).