Elvis Movie review (saw it today)

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I saw the Elvis film today. I was pleasantly surprised by it. Overall it’s a very fine film. Plus there is some nice guitar porn in the movie.
While it’s told through the narration of Colonel Parker, it does not by any means vindicate or reform Parker’s reputation regarding his financial exploitation of Elvis or his role in a Elvis’ physical /emotional demise.
Austin Butler is superb in his role as Elvis. He captures Elvis speaking style, mannerisms and his stage presence, including his famous moves. Many forget that Elvis was quite skinny in his early years and Butler pulls that off very well but his resemblance is eery in the scenes of the 68 comeback special and early Vegas shows. I was surprised at how well the actor and the Director pulled that off. He also does a great job at singing Elvis’ early material. Apparently he did much of that on his own except for some of the later material where his voice was blended with Elvis’s actual voice.
Some of the film is not historically accurate and some scenes are amalgams of different events. It also glosses over or doesn’t touch over many of the more sordid aspects of his life. So it disappoints in some aspects but it’s a complex story.
It was a nice trip down lane for an old geezer like me. It’s not my generation’s music but I appreciate it. I don’t think any movie could show the overall cultural impact Elvis made. He took rock n roll mainstream from much of the pablum of the day. He broke through in a stifling period of conventional and puritanical pervasiveness.
 
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Thanks for the review! I've only been to 3 movies in the past 32 years as I just don't care. However, I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing this movie.

Over the years, I've been fortunate to play guitar (even though I play nothing like Scotty) with 4 different Elvis impersonators.

One who really believed he was Elvis......(Oh boy! That was a trip), one who was pretty darn good, one who was exceptional and actually toured and made a darn good living doing it, and one who was so bad it was laughable....the funniest part is he really thought he was all that a bag of chips!

Anyway, it was an amazing ride playing songs from his early years all the way to his last years.

I sincerely hope someday there is a movie about Roy Orbison's life. Amazing story of rising above several tragic loss's. What a great voice he had and just an amazing song writer.
 

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I want to see it!

We’d planned to go see Maverick & the new Jurassic World movie but my wife developed a bad neck ache along with some other stressors and I may have to hit up my bro.
 

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I sincerely hope someday there is a movie about Roy Orbison's life. Amazing story of rising above several tragic loss's. What a great voice he had and just an amazing song writer.
Roy Orbison had one of the greatest voices ever. I don’t think anyone could touch him regarding range. Plus, you could feel the emotion when he was singing. You felt the pain when he sang Crying or the fear in Running Scared.
 

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If nothing else, it will hopefully raise the profile of Sister Rosetta to a new audience.
It was just a small clip in the movie. I doubt it will get much notice.
I know several folks on the forum were taking shots at the movie pre-release but they would likely be surprised at how good it is.

I went back at looked at 5 or 6 clips of the Kurt Russell movie to refresh my memory and I don’t think it compares to this new release!
 
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How was Tom Hanks? He never plays the bad guy.
It's hard to like him. He's a con, smarmy, predatory, self serving. As I posted above, people have the wrong idea about his role in the movie. Because it's told through his narration people seem concerned that it will vindicate him in some way. It does not. You come away with a loathing of him and thinking that you would immediately wash your hands if you shook his hand. Elvis was naive and stupid in trusting him so much. He was also surrounded by sycophants and enablers.
Hanks is a good at playing Parker. I think Hanks could pull off any role.
 




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