Elvis, the musical legend, the King, the rebel.
Baz Luhrman’s biographical film Elvis takes us through the whirlwind chapter of the singers life as he rises from an unknown to controversial super stardom under the management of Colonel Tom Parker.
The film, in parts is narrated by Parker (Tom Hanks) who had previously been known in Side Show and Carnival circles.
He saw the potential in a young Elvis and molded him in to not just a singer but also Hollywood actor.
But there was many mysteries surrounding Parker and some say, as the film depicts, that the Colonel held Elvis’ career back and ripped him off.
Austin Butler as Elvis gives us a flawless performance of the late country and blues singer.
The film is a ride through Elvis’ younger years, his peak fame through to his eventual demise in Las Vegas. His marriage to Priscilla and the separation.
Flashbacks to Elvis’ childhood give relevance to the man he became and his extreme loneliness and addictions.
While we all know the story of Elvis, who he was and his death – we have never seen the King portrayed like this. Full of glamour, excitement, darkness and despair.
Elvis the film, like the singer himself is exceptional.
Running Time: 159 MIN
Genre: Biographical, Drama
Director: Baz Luhrman
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks
Production Studio: Bazmark Films
Distributor: Warner Bros.