We Watched Elvis, the autobiographical event signed by Baz Luhrmann

Australian director Baz Luhrmann has given himself a huge challenge: to bring rock and roll icon Elvis Presley back to life. and picked it up. The “Elvis” biographical event will be discovered in the Darkrooms starting June 22nd.

After “Moulin Rouge!” and “The Magnificent Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann returned with “Elvis,” a breathtaking biopic that relives the extraordinary trajectory of the American singer, who passed away at the age of 42, in 1977. The filmmaker entrusted Austin Butler with the daunting task of embodying the king. A young actor and singer with a charismatic personality, who has been preparing for his role for 3 years, appears on the screen.

In addition to his vocal performance (songs from the pre-60s, the actor interpreted), he restores his vulnerability and reproduces the gestures, facial expressions and provocative wobble of Elvis, which frightens parents and makes teenagers hysterical. His hair slicked back, excelling in dramatic sequences and on stage, he faces a trance audience, wearing feminine underwear on his head.

Elvis and Colonel Parker

From his childhood in Memphis, the city of blues and gospel music that sparked his calling, to his global star status, to his untimely death, this delightful film follows Elvis over two decades, from the perspective of another man: his brilliant director, Colonel Parker, a former showman in search of a man New review.

As one of the first scenes, he discovers it during his first public gig, at Hayride. Controversial and greedy, but without whom this boy from the black neighborhood of Tupelo would not have become King, is also the narrator of this biography. And for this enigmatic role, Baz Luhrmann called up Tom Hanks, who transformed with twenty extra pounds and several prosthetics.

The singer’s fusion relationship with his mother and love for his wife Priscilla Presley (Olivia Dejong) were of course mentioned, but he took a back seat. Here, the complex relationship between these two solitary organisms is highlighted. “I am you, and you are me,” says the Oscar-winning actor.

Interspersed with many archival photographs and stunning musical numbers, this biography, the first dedicated to Elvis, which may seem surprising, tells us not just about a man, but a country. We are in the racist America of the 1950s and 1970s, and then major social and cultural upheavals crossed us. “When it’s too dangerous to say vocals,” we advise young prodigies.

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Then the orgasm gives way to the passion. Adrenaline drops again in the final act, when he finds himself locked up in a golden prison, at the Intercontinental Hotel. Some insiders will tear their hair out when they notice the many ellipses and musical abbreviations, but these 2h40 nonetheless are well exploited.

Over the course of the feature film, we also come across BB King (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), with whom Elvis Presley made strong friends, or even Little Richard (Alton Mason) and “Tutti Frutti.” Also of note is the care given to sets, theater and costumes. We came out of this movie with the impression we were coming off an exciting ride. A wonderful show not to be missed.

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