In this episode: Are you an Elvis fan? Do you want an up-close and personal look at Elvis, his life, his movies, his love live, his addictions, and untimely death? Stay tuned as the Oscars are closing in and there’s a few more Oscar 2023 nominated films and talent that we want to review. We’re going to take this Wednesday episode and have a fantastic conversation about an intense, Oscar-nominated film, with an amazing director and actor. If you haven’t seen it, you need to! We are talking about Elvis being in the building! I’m your host Michael R. Herst and I’m here with my lovely wife and co-host Diane. We’re going to review Elvis – the 2022 biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Austin Butler! Welcome to One More Thing Before You Go.
Elvis the movie – it is an ambitious and visually stunning film that tells the story of one of the most iconic musicians of all time. The film follows Elvis from his teenage years through his rise to fame, and his struggles as he faces the pressures of life as a celebrity, while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis is nothing short of brilliant. His performance captures the essence of Elvis – the music, the energy, the charisma. It is very clear that Butler studied the original recordings, as well as Elvis’s mannerisms and movements to bring an authenticity to the role. He is supported by a talented cast that includes Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker, Helen Thomson as Elvis’ beloved mother, Richard Roxburgh as Elvis’ troubled father, Vernon Presley, and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla.
This is a stunningly well-crafted and emotionally-affected portrait of the life and career of the King of Rock and Roll, from his humble beginnings in poverty-stricken Tupelo, Mississippi, to becoming one of the 20th century’s most iconic and influential figures. Elvis’s inspiring story is brought to life with a mix of dynamic visuals and a captivating soundtrack.
Butler is able to bring out Elvis’ complexity, showing him as a passionate artist, a rebellious rebel, and a devoted family man. He gives a mesmerizing performance that captures Elvis’ unique blend of charisma, vulnerability, and ambition.
Baz Luhrmann’s direction is remarkable. He creates an atmosphere of nostalgia and glamour, while still doing justice to the story of Elvis’s life. Luhrmann captures the highs and lows of Elvis’s career, and his struggles with fame, with a real sense of empathy.
Overall, Elvis, the 2022 biopic, is a powerful and poignant drama about one of the most iconic figures in all of music. Luhrmann’s direction, Butler’s performance, and the stellar cast all come together to create an unforgettable film. It’s a must-see for any fan of Elvis Presley, and a powerful reminder of the importance of his legacy.