God in Film Guide: Elvis | Third Space

God in Film Guide: Elvis

Thu 28 Jul 2022
Singing the classics
Film and TV
music, redemption

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Since Elvis’ untimely death in 1977, many reports of his lifestyle have made it difficult to differentiate fact from legend. When Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) announced his intention to develop a biopic on the King of Rock, there was an apprehensive groan throughout the industry. Especially when the Australian production was plagued with COVID-influenced challenges throughout the filming, there was a skepticism that overshadowed its eventual release. Yet, you cannot underestimate the powers of Luhrmann and his ability to deliver an unexpected spectacle along with the continual allure of Presley’s charismatic appeal.

What is unexpected from the outset is how the director of Moulin Rouge had the whole film narrated by the nemesis of Presley’s past, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Even if audiences are unfamiliar with his role in Elvis’ success and downfall, it becomes apparent that he is the perfect person to tell Presley’s story. Since he was the man who discovered the young singer and began to groom him for his role in rock and roll history. As this 20-year journey goes from Elvis’ early years in poverty and how the influence of those within the African American community helped him to develop his musical style and unique dancing abilities. His less-than-illustrious acting career culminated with his infamous years in Las Vegas.

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