The film begins with Elvis aiting to go onstage for his now rightly famous concert at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. While wondering just how he will get on, he begins to think back over his life.
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I didn't know a John Carpenter directed Elvis biopic even existed until recently. The first thing I noticed was how beat for beat, the first act seems to have been borrowed by Walk the Line. Some great visuals (interspersed with some jarring stock footage shots), some corny melodrama, and an uncanny performance by Kurt Russell.
Anyone that gives this film 5 clearly isn't an Elvis fan or knows nothing about him. It's a decent t.v movie but it takes no risks and doesn't portray many of the hangers on like the Memphis Mafia in an honest or substancial way.
3 stars at best. and that's mostly for Russell
The first half of the movie is about a man that couldn't be anything but himself. The second half of the movie is about a man held prisoner in his own home by his fame, only feeling he can be himself onstage. Kurt Russell did an excellent performance. He really channeled Elvis's sweet moves.