With the established recognition for Elvis Presley as a legend, an icon, and a historical figure worldwide, Elvis is still being given a chance to live on regardless of time. Four decades after his death Elvis’s legacy is being brought back to life through the magic cinematic experience of ‘Elvis’ the movie.
Staring the charming, charismatic, and talented Austin Butler, as the one and only Elvis Presley, under the direction of Baz Luhrmann. This film was awaited by many around the world with high expectations for it. Finally, after years of production (as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) the anticipation ended with the release of the film on June 24th, 2022, and caused little disappointment. Instead, it made history with a 12-minute standing ovation at the renowned Cannes Film Festival and outstanding reviews by many.
Although like many other movies, this one could be criticized for its poor casting of Priscilla Presley’s character and lack of accuracy. ‘Elvis’ doesn’t fail to accomplish its intended purpose of educating and communicating to the new generation and the generations to come about the story behind the legend. The movie informs audiences about the less talked about Colonel Parker, the man who although (could be argued) made Elvis also broke him by pushing his limit for his benefit and not Elvis’s. This movie provides audiences with a new human side to Elvis Presley as his family, struggles, and personal history are summed up in a rapidly moving 2-hour and 39-minute film. Another aspect captured by this film was Elvis’s essence as an artist, Luhrmann’s over-the-top visuals as shown in his other films like ‘Romeo+Juliet’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’, fit perfectly with capturing Elvis’s over-the-top looks and personality. All this makes the film an incredibly well-done biopic capturing the essential aspects of the person (in this case Elvis) and the legend. Not only this but the incredible performances on the big screen by leads Austin Butler and Tom Hanks will forever leave a mark in cinematic history as an outstanding illustration of the magic of cinema and acting.
Overall, people and critics around the world have praised the film for its successful and powerful outcome. this makes it a remarkable film that will always stand out on its own. But what makes it even more special is its recognition by the Presleys as an accurate and reliable piece of art that represents Elvis accurately and tells his story for generations to come in an authentic way.