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Started by Ballad of Ballard Berkley, February 17, 2022, 07:15:56 PM
Quote from: 13 schoolyards on February 19, 2022, 04:55:41 AMThe trouble with an Elvis biopic is that while he's an icon and the King of Rock'n Roll and all that, once he actually becomes successful there's not much story there - joins the army, makes a lot of bad movies, the '68 comeback special (which would be a great movie in its own right) and then he just slides back downhill again until the classic "dies on the toilet" scene.
Quote from: Dr Rock on February 19, 2022, 12:49:40 PMHave you read the two Peter Guralnick biographies? There's rich material for any Elvis biog there - this new film is concentrating on the relationship with Elvis and Tom Parker, which is the best angle imo
Quote from: curiousoranges on March 20, 2022, 10:21:52 PMI hope it includes a bit where he shoots a TV.
Quote from: 13 schoolyards on May 13, 2022, 06:19:03 AMTo be fair, an Elvis biopic is pretty much the only case where you'd expect the movie star playing the central character to be less attractive than the real thing
Quote from: kalowski on February 18, 2022, 11:32:42 PMIt can fuck off the minute it did that uncomfortable silence in front of a crowd moment. Mic feedback and everything.Fuck right off.
Quote from: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on May 26, 2022, 11:40:20 PMApart from Romeo + Juliet, I haven't really enjoyed any of the Luhrmann films I've seen. The Great Gatsby was alright, but I couldn't stand Moulin Rouge. An absolute headache of a film. Like anyone with eyes and ears, I get what he's doing; kitschy stylised excess is his stock in trade. Fine. But an almost three-hour Elvis biopic in that style sounds like hard work.It doesn't sound like the film will examine the complex phenomenon of Elvis in a remotely thoughtful way. He was A Cool Sexy Dude Who Shook Up the World! And his manager was a weirdo conman. There's so much more to the story than that. But that's Luhrmann for you, isn't it? A superficial stylist. Oh well.
Quote from: Harvey Milk on May 12, 2022, 02:49:06 PMCouldn't they have found someone who would be at least convincing in terms of physique and charisma? He's a handsome bloke, but it's distracting how unlike Elvis he is. He's too lean and scrawny to pull off all the 'grunt and groin' antics. It's just not sexy enough, m'lud.
Quote from: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on May 26, 2022, 11:43:00 PMIt'll be interesting to hear Kermode's take, though. He is after all a massive Elvis fan (he's a fan of massive Elvis).
Quote from: Ballad of Ballard Berkley on February 19, 2022, 05:05:40 PMI hope it includes a scene of Elvis pissing himself laughing while watching Monty Python tapes. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if it does. Seems like the sort of detail Luhrmann would get a kick out of.
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