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25 Ratings

The King

Directed by Eugene Jarecki
United States, 2017


Ingeniously juxtaposes contemporary American socio-political history with the biography of Elvis Presley.

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The King Directed by Eugene Jarecki
For all the abiding sense that Jarecki has just kept shooting and shooting, there’s an underlying purpose here, implying that the meaning of Elvis is the meaning of America itself.
August 23, 2018
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Jarecki often tries to gives us Rockers in a Rolls Getting Coffee, but I never felt the love or even the like for Elvis emanating from Jarecki or bonding him with his car-mates. It’s a counterintuitive film in the worst sense. The conversations lack spark and spontaneity.
June 22, 2018
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[The movie includes] encyclopedia-style snippets of history, authentically pained but insubstantial musings on “how we got here,” and an odd reliance on the comments of celebrities who lack any particular Presley connection, and who end up stifling the genuine insights of non-celebrity subjects who do. As a result, “The King” isn’t so much a diagnosis as it is a part of the mediascape that it decries.
June 22, 2018
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