Elvis’ meteoric rise to fame, as well as his complicated relationship with his manager, are extravagantly examined in this glittery biopic.
Elvis’ meteoric rise to fame, as well as his complicated relationship with his manager, are extravagantly examined in this glittery biopic starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks.
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The story of The King — from his gospel beginnings in Memphis to his final days in Graceland — gets the Baz Luhrmann treatment, with all the colour, melodrama, and volume you’d expect from the acclaimed director. Austin Butler shines as the hip-shaking showman, exploring the many stages of Presley’s career and the historical events that shaped his life and times. Tom Hanks is barely recognizable as Elvis’s Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who — to give just a hint of his shadiness — is neither a real Colonel, nor is his given name Tom Parker. Luhrmann’s soundtracks typically have a disregard for history, and this one’s no different, peppering techno and hip-hop among Elvis’ hits — a reminder that Presley’s influence on musical “borrowing” continues to this day.
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