Film Review: Baz Luhrman’s 'Elvis' is a Hanka Hunka Burning Drudge

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CHICAGO – Director Baz Luhrman’s “Elvis” has plenty of suspicious minds, but precious little mystery as his trademark excess fails to breathe new life into the tired legacy of the King. No amount of montages, quick cuts, and odd music choices can obscure the fact that we don’t see anything here that even the casual Elvis fan doesn’t already know.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

The film tells the story of the rise and fall of Elvis (Austin Butler) through the eyes of his personal Svengali, manager, and exploiter-in-chief Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Hanks plays Parker as a grotesque force of evil who is so slimy and menacing he’s practically a Bond villain. His inscrutable accent comes and goes. He’s cagey about his background. He shouts his unscrupulous ways from the mountaintops, and brags liberally about the “snow jobs” he pulls on everyone in sight.

“Elvis” opens in theaters everywhere on June 25th. Featuring Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Screenplay by Baz Luhrman, Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner. Directed by Baz Luhrman. Rated “PG-13”

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