Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler. Video / Warner Bros. Footage
Baz Luhrmann’s brash in-your-face film-making type seems to be the proper match for this glittery biopic about Elvis. His is the form of vibrant kinetic storytelling that made Moulin Rouge and The Nice Gatsby
such compelling movies to expertise.
Equally, Luhrmann has liberally splashed his trademark sensory bombast onto the sequinned canvas of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with assured ease.Proper from the outset, this movie is a blast, and Luhrmann (who additionally wrote the screenplay) appears to make no apologies for his movie’s tenuous place on the details. In spite of everything, Elvis is described by means of the lens of an unreliable narrator (Elvis’s supervisor, Colonel Tom Parker, performed by Tom Hanks) – which is both a genius transfer on Luhrmann’s half, paving the best way for his outlandish cinematic type, or (because the cynically minded would have), a lazy cop-out.Both manner, there is no such thing as a denying that Luhrmann’s maximalist type is turned as much as eleven – the truth is, I believe by the top of the movie the dial had fallen off.At its centre is relative newcomer, Austin Butler, who performs the titular position. Understandably, the majority of the movie hangs on his efficiency, and fortunately (additionally relievingly), he nails it.From each hip shake and lip snarl to his deeply accented drawl, Butler captures the Elvis delusion like lighting in a bottle. It appears heresy to say in a single breath that the actor of the embarrassingly unhealthy The Shannara Chronicles outshines the multi-Oscar-winning Hanks. However he does. The much less spectacular Hanks, as Elvis’s longtime supervisor who exploited Presley for each penny he might, as a substitute seems for many of the film to be battling the elephantine prosthetics he’s buried beneath.In the end although, the true elephant within the theatre stays Luhrmann’s delicate play between truth and delusion.Sticklers for the reality would possibly discover Luhrmann’s inventive gildings one hip-gyration too many – actually, the movie presents little perception into the lives of every character. However maybe that is the purpose, do we actually get to know a legend?Whether or not you see Elvis as a superficially re-sequinned jumpsuit of a movie, or a splendidly unbridled love letter to an icon will rely totally in your tolerance for myth-making.I am removed from a Presley fan, however Luhrmann’s movie left me all shook up, and in love, uh-huh.Solid: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivier DeJongeDirector: Baz LuhrmannRunning time: 159 minsRating: M (Drug use)Verdict: A vibrant spectacle to match the legend.