Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis Presly premiered at the Cannes Film Festival today (to ten minutes of standing ovation) and reviews started pouring in. It seems that Elvis It’s pretty much a Baz Luhrmann movie, which is either a very good thing or a very bad thing depending on how much you enjoyed his previous work.
Owen Gleiberman called Variety Elvis A”A vague, dreamy feverfew, compulsively watchable for 2 hours and 39 minutes – a spinning wheel of a film that turns the Elvis saga we all carry in our heads into a dazzling autobiographical opera.“
THR’s David Rooney said, “What is your sentiment on Baz Luhrmann? Elvis You’ll largely depend on how you feel about the ultimate in premium and cool Baz Luhrmann. Only the high-caffeinated foundation section alone—even before Austin Butler’s locomotive hips start doing things jerky when Elvis Presley takes to the stage for a performance of “Heartbreak Hotel” in a rockabilly chic floral suit—leaves you dizzy from her frantic explosion of blazing color and screen. Split, retro graphics, and more mods for each scene than the human eye can count. Add a layered, ear-tipped sound design that’s a bazillion times baz.“
Pete Hammond of Deadline praised Austin Butler’s performance as Elvis in his review, saying he was “Perfect choiceFor the famous musicianvisually and acoustically.Hammond added thatDramatically successful, Butler, especially in the first half of the film, has an authentic rhythm that makes us wonder what greater heights Elvis could have climbed had he not succumbed to the darker side of his fame.“For Tom Hanks’ performance as Colonel Parker, Hammond says the actor”He turns to it and sheds light on Parker’s mystery, even if his authentic tone for audiences is a bit confusing.“
Tom Hanks’ performance seems to be divisive as Los Angeles Times’ Justin Chang said his work in Elvis he is “Hammered, sickening and unmistakable, it’s accomplished with the combination of a fat suit, prosthetics and super accented accent that makes Colin Farrell’s Penguin and Stellan Skarsgard’s Baron Von Harkonnen seem positively restrained.“
David Ehrlich of IndieWire was definitely not a fan of the movie’s premium style. “Luhrmann may be one of the most irrepressible extremists movies have ever known, and his new adaptation is perhaps the most chaotic Hollywood movie since 2008’s Wachowskis ‘Speed Racer’,Ehrlich said. “But it is hard to find even satirical pleasure in something this high on its own; Something less concerned with how the name itself violates the rules than with how his manager operates, and something tirelessly unable to find any meaningful overlap between the two.“
For a movie that clocks in at 159 minutes, it feels like Elvis He doesn’t spend much time sitting. “Luhrmann–who has never been a storyteller for very long in any scene–runs his film like a mysterious train that could derail at any moment,Type Jim Vigvoda from IGN. “Fortunately, it doesn’t, but that breakneck speed doesn’t leave much time for emotional appraisal of some major event, like the death of Elvis’ beloved mother, Gladys (sad and anxious Helen Thompson). We witness the fallout from her death but for the worst tragedy in Elvis’ life, her actual demise was dealt with at the same time as a commercial respite.. “
The official summary of Elvis:
From dreamy, Academy Award-nominated director Baz Luhrmann comes the Warner Bros. drama. Pictures “Elvis”, starring Austin Butler and Oscar-winning Tom Hanks. The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), from the perspective of his complex relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker that spanned more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America. At the center of that journey, Priscilla Presley (Olivia Dejong) was one of the most important and influential people in Elvis’ life.
Elvis will hit theaters in June 24, 2022.