The King is back on the screen! This weekend saw the release of Elvis, helmed by Baz Lurhmann and starring Austin Butler. A biopic with Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker? That should be a recipe for surefire cinematic success. Well, the film has hit theaters, hot on the heels of some decent critical reviews. So, today’s Awards Radar Community Question centers on this very movie. If you saw Elvis, here’s what we want to know…what did you think of it? Whether you love it or hate it, and there may well be a divisive reception, we’re eager to find out your feelings.
My review of Elvis is below, and while admittedly pretty mixed, includes this bit that sums it up well:
Elvis is going to play for fans of The King, no doubt about that. There’s tons of his music, Butler does a good job as Presley, and this sort of old fashioned film has its place. It’s just a shame that Luhrmann and company zig when they should have zagged, leading to a frustrating experience. It’s not like there aren’t excellent sequences, either, like what culminates in If I Can Dream being performed, or the final ten to fifteen minutes of Elvis. This isn’t a bad movie by any stretch, but it’s too long and should have been way better, given the opportunity presented. Alas.
That’s my take. Now, it’s time for you to chime in. What did you think of Elvis? Is it an Oscar contender? How does it stack up with other biopics? The time is now to share what you thought. We’re all ears…
If/when you see Elvis, let us know your thoughts!