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Created by John Eipper on 08/20/22 9:28 AM

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"Elvis" and Director Baz Luhrmann (Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary, 08/20/22 9:28 am)

Regarding the film Elvis, I was pleasantly surprised, because I found it full of heart and soul.  It stands out for being different from the usual biopic, and for moving away from the image we had of the singer, to focus on that of his manager.

The main aspect that sets Elvis apart from other biopics such as Bohemian Rapsody is the narrative focus. In this case, instead of being centered on the figure of the King of Rock as one would expect, it is on Colonel Tom Parker, his obscure manager, masterfully played by Tom Hanks.  Parker/Hanks occupies the place that traditionally belonged to the star. This is what allows us to delve into the shady and controversial figure who really controlled Presley's life.

On the one hand, this narrative prism works by departing from the norm. However, by the end of the film, you can't help but wonder if you leave the theater knowing who Elvis is, because we really know very little him.  The fault lies in a script focused more on his bond with Tom Parker, his manager, rather than his own personal conflicts.

For example, the good relationship with his mother is suggested by a scene that takes place inside a closet. With respect to the paternal-filial relationship, this seems to be blurred, perhaps, intentionally.

Precisely this approach is what I liked most about Elvis, which explains only the important things about the star, such as his inspiration in Black music, his passion for shaking his hips, and his downfall caused by a greedy manager.

From a technical point of view, I have nothing but praise: whoever has seen a Baz Luhrmann film (not counting Australia), will know perfectly well what to expect from Elvis. It has fast-paced editing, with several timelines going on at the same time, and a frenetic game of cameras that makes you dizzy, all accompanied by a perfectly selected musical section, even though there are not all that many songs featured.

Applause for Baz Luhrmann for creating this film to give immortality to The King--an icon, a genius, a legend.

JE comments:  I suppose it would be unthinkable not to take full advantage of Tom Hanks's talent.  Consoly, I am very much looking forward to Elvis.  Give me another week or so, as the semester at Adrian College kicks off Monday.

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