REVIEW – Austin Butler and Tom Hanks Star in ‘Elvis’

Elvis Presley. The king of rock n’ roll. Music icon. Yet a troubled man that had his lowest of lows during his highest of highs. Now, over forty years after his death, his story is being shared on the cinematic screen.

“Elvis” is an incredible film that is entertaining, as well as educational. Elvis (Austin Butler) grew up in poverty with his mother. After his father went to prison, he and his mum moved to a poor, black neighbourhood where Elvis grew up surrounded by music. It was here that he discovered his true calling. Later in life, he was discovered by Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Thus, his music journey began. The film successfully showed the rock n roll star through the years, and his complicated relationship with the kernel. It also incorporates historical moments during that time including the death of Martin Luther King, and the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy. It demonstrates the racial issues that occured at that time and how Elvis Presley contributed towards that.

Everything about this film was oscar-worthy. The soundtrack was (of course) incredible, the cast researched and portrayed their characters beautifully. Austin Butler made the perfect Elvis. There were times within the film where old footage of the real Elvis would play, and you will struggle to find the difference between the real star, and the actor who plays him. Tom Hanks was also fantastic at his role. When Hanks is starring in a film, you just know it’s going to be good, and “Elvis” proves this theory.

Another thing that has to be mentioned is the make-up. Throughout the film, we saw the characters age. It would be so subtle, that you might not even notice. That is until they flip back to the “younger” version of themselves and the difference is insane. How they were able to create the young and version of the characters needs to be acknowledged and applauded.

All in all, “Elvis” deserves many awards for a variety of things. Everything about it was simply perfect. It told the story of the star wonderfully and didn’t leave out any details. You learnt a lot. You cried. You laughed. But more importantly, you remembered the legend himself. We suggest that everyone heads over to their local cinema and give this masterpiece a watch. You won’t regret it!

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