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PanamaTrickster Reviews: Elvis (2022)

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Elvis’ opening thirty minutes brings you the typical, yet expected Baz Luhrmann signature of sensory overload. While chaotic, it was also nothing short of grand, much like the musical artist’s career itself. Immediately, it is obvious that the costume design was of particular importance to this film, as Luhrmann’s style of creativity usually pays an incredible amount of time and resource on it. It should go without saying that Austin Butler’s performance was exceptionally terrific. He played the role not just with his acting skills alone, but with his heart. It was very apparent how passionately he believed in this role, and I sincerely hope it does not go unnoticed. However, it saddens me to say that it felt as though Tom Hanks fell flat for this particular role.

As for the sound design, a little work could have been done to improve it. Several scenes felt like the actors switched microphones, or the sound mixing didn’t quite get the proper treatment. Several liberties were also taken in the soundtrack for the film, as they were not all reminiscent of the time period. Many times, it was clear that Austin Butler’s voice was mixed together with the King of Rock and Roll himself in some of the performances to add authenticity and believability to the scene. Unfortunately, this felt distracting rather than immersive. However, the score itself was exceptional. Listening closely, many of the songs in the background were very smooth and beautiful reimaginings of some of the more popular songs of the time.

The continuity in this movie was nothing less than brilliant, particularly with the members in the audience during the stage performances, and I encourage you to look for yourselves on what this could mean. Though this movie held my attention for at least 2/3rds of it, the third act dragged on far too long, and I became less and less interested in how it would end, as it could have ended successfully three times over. The length of the movie may have been the issue here, but I believe it could be specifically blamed on scenes that held no real weight to the rest of the story. All in all, Elvis was a well-made biopic, envisioned by one of the most creative influencers of our time. But while it could hold a candle to other biopics of interest such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Walk the Line, it doesn’t shine quite as bright.


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