elvis is a certified hit.
The musical bio takes a look at the celebrated artist, particularly his rise to fame due to his provocative style and the personal struggles the ‘King of Rock N Roll’ faced, including his manager Tom Parker. Of course, a big reason for the film’s critical and commercial success is veteran Baz Luhmann, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who also directed The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge. The filmmaker is a big fan of the artist himself and wrote in a Who magazine about his admiration for Elvis’s Hollywood career, including films like 1953 love me tenderly1961s Blue Hawaiiand 1964s Live Las Vegas“When we had the cinema, I was probably to Elvis all those cheesy movies that I thought were works of genius, and I’m starting to realize that that’s probably why my movies look the way they do.”
Luhrmann doesn’t hide his fan base regarding Mr. Presley. However, it is also said that there was a point where his taste in music changed from Elvis to the likes of David Bowie and Elton John: “I loved the 70’s stuff but then he very much faded from my life and that was a lot David Bowie and [Elton John], and he kind of got around and there, but I wasn’t that much of a fan. It wasn’t like I was one of those “until the day I die you never say a thing (bad) thing about Elvis.” “. He is beyond music; It’s become a cultural wallpaper and (I) think my job was to strip the wallpaper,” added Baz.
Unsurprisingly, there’s more to the story than what fans saw in theaters. When it comes to the life of a celebrity, a two-hour (or three) picture is never going to capture the entire story of said person. Despite this, Luhman revealed to Collider that he has a four-hour cut, although it’s not clear if they will ever release it: “I have a four-hour version. I shouldn’t say this, but I have… I have to do a two and a half hour version and serve the main art… It’s a gathering. It’s a different kind of film.”
Luhrmann went on to explain his thought process for the film, noting that he doesn’t see it as a music biopic but rather as a dip into American culture of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s: “For me, it’s really about America in the 50’s and 60’s and 70s. If you want to talk about America in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, Elvis was at the center of culture, for the good, the bad, and the ugly,” Luhrmann said at the Warner Bros. Discovery CinemaCon panel in Las Vegas. “Shakespeare would explore culture through kings.” He continued. “If it feels a bit like a superhero movie, it’s because Elvis is actually like the original superhero.”
That brings us to the methodology behind choosing Austin Butler for the title role, beating out Harry Styles and Miles Teller for the role, “Harry’s a talented actor,” Luhrmann said on Sydney’s Nova FM, as reported by Billboard. “I’d work on something with him… but the real problem with Harry is, he’s Harry Styles. He’s already an icon.”
“What was special about Austin was that he’ll tell you himself, I didn’t choose him; it’s like he was drawn to the role because he was almost born to play it,” says Luhrmann. Most listeners worldwide would agree, as Butler was particularly praised for his performance as the “King of Rock and Roll”. elvis has grossed more than $280 million at the box office, and while the film is not told from the man’s point of view, the feature film has been hailed as one of the best films of 2022.
It is not foreseeable whether elvis will get any love at the Academy Awards or other big awards shows. Still, there’s no denying that the film was one of the more critical commercial success stories of 2022. More importantly, he ushered in a new generation with one of music’s most celebrated performers. elvis was released on Video OnDemand on August 9th, the film was later distributed on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on September 13th. The film also came out on HBO Max on September 2nd. Should there be any news regarding the award nominations? For the 2022 movie, we will surely update you about the picture here.