Originally Posted by:
Drake the Red
I watched Baz Luhrman's Elvis on Bluray lastnight for the first time. Such an emotional movie. I can imagine there will always be naysayers against films like these, but I actually enjoyed learning about the King through cinema. Does it strike you as odd, though, that these musical biographies never show you how iconic legends learn to play guitar or sing? They just emerge into history fully formed. It was nice to see what inspired a young Elvis. At least the film gave us that.
As well as documentaries relying heavily on B&W archival film and narrative script, I had seen a bio epic film some time ago on young pre-fame Elvis which as critical and observant of factual history as I am I thought was OK in its portrayal given theatrical licence and sensibilities. I hadn't seen Luhrmann's film nor even aware of it until your mention of it, so thanks for the heads up, ...I think? With the exception of his initial more conventional foray into film making with"Strictly Ballroom" which I did enjoy, Bas Luhrmann's subsequent what I'll politely term cinematic 'flamboyance' is lost on me.
Nevertheless, looking it up, "Elvis" initial cinema release here was on 23rd June, so curiosity tempting I sourced a copy yesterday. Knowing how long I lasted into previous Luhrmann films prior to switching off either metaphorically and walking out, or literally, I'll watch it in my HT rather than potentially waste $$ at the cinema or on a BD. Will be a week or so as I want to watch it in 2160p on the 75" but am awaiting Samsung On Site Warranty service repair on our 6 month old screen! Sincerely hoping the film is good but prepared for the unwatchable worst.
Regardless my love for The Beatles, I grew up on Elvis immersed in all his hits of the second half of the 1950s through his formulaic Col. Parker film making heyday of the early 1960s ..remember those teenage brothers of mine? Before The Beatles, as a youngster I 'lived' at the suburban cinema's Saturday afternoon matinees from about 1960 where absolutely no one was cooler than Elvis on screen.