“Elvis” is a biographical musical drama film from 2022, that follows the life of the legendary rock and roll icon, singer, and actor Elvis Presley. This film is told from the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in which Tom Hanks played his role.
The main role in this film is played by Austin Butler. The film follows Presley’s life from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s. Also, the film explores Presley’s complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager – Colonel Tom Parker.
The story delves deep into the complex dynamics of their relationship spanning 20 years. From Presley’s rise to the peak of his unprecedented fame. At the center of that journey is the relationship with one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’ life. That is Priscilla Presley.
“Elvis” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2022, and was released in Australia on June 23, 2022. In the United States was released the following day by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film has grossed $254 million worldwide against its $85 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing music biopic of all time behind Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018.
The director of this biographical film about the King of Rock and Roll was Baz Luhrmann. Baz is remembered for works in the films “Romeo + Juliet”, “Moulin Rouge!”, and “The Great Gatsby”.
This is not a documentary, but an artistic view of the life of one of the greatest artists of popular music. A man who pushed boundaries and was a role model for many musicians who came after him.
The man who threw Americans into a trance with his dancing movements drove the world crazy with his voice and hip twisting. And at the same time, he had an immeasurable impact on American popular culture.
We think that the film shows both sides of Presley very well. The one for which he is respected in artistic circles, but also the colorful lie of show business that (usually) comes to the head of everyone who can’t deal well with that part of their career and life.
What should be highlighted (besides the timeless Elvis music) is the excellently played role of Austin Butler. The actor, relatively unknown to the general public, played a demanding role, without exaggeration, superbly.
Besides the excellent Butler, Tom Hanks also played the role of Colonel Parker with a lot of feeling and measure. The relationship between the two of them is the basis of this film. Parker is both a narrator and a lawyer for himself, trying to explain to others the layers of this interaction.
The action and reactions of these two interesting individuals merge with historical moments. Shows us how revolutionary Elvis’s role was in times when it was known that black and white were often not in color.
We’re glad that the musical legacy of the King is something that surpasses the fascinating glamor of the last years of his life and that this is especially highlighted in the film. The poignant performance of “Unchained Melody” is the swan song of Elvis, but also Butler’s brilliant ending as an actor before everything calms down in the (also) poignant “In the Ghetto”.
In any case, the direction, and especially the editing, are very good. I am glad that even after all these years there is interest in Elvis’ music. So, the younger generations will gain a better insight into the artistic achievements of a man who had a sense of music. He was what he always remains – the KING.