Early Reviews of ‘Elvis’ Claim It’s ‘Insanely Terrible’

Some early reviews claim the much-hyped “Elvis” biopic is nothing but a hound.

While some critics are praising Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming musical drama — Variety called it a “bubbly, insanely, mischievously energized, compulsively-watchable” — reviews have been mixed, with one critic shaking everyone up.

IndieWire writer David Ehrlich published his review of the Austin Butler and Tom Hanks-led film on Wednesday, berating the flick with the caption, “nightmare‘ and ‘incredibly terrible’.

The journalist dove straight into “Elvis” — out June 24 — and wrote that the “159-minute eyesore” was more about Hanks’ Colonel Tom Parker, the “Love Me Tender” star’s longtime manager, and less about Butler’s Elvis acts.

He gave “Elvis” the grade “D”.

IndieWire described the Oscar-winning character as a “Kentucky Fried Goldmember” and is “quite possibly the most insufferable movie character ever conceived.” The Hollywood Reporter seemed to agree, calling the role of the “Forrest Gump” actor “arguably the least appealing performance of his career.”

Austin Butler and Tom Hanks star in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming musical biopic Elvis.
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But for IndieWire’s Ehrlich, the problem seemed to lie in the pudding: the writing.

“Luhrmann’s dizzying screenplay (co-written by Sam Bromell, Jeremy Doner, and Craig Pearce) frequently returns to the idea that Presley’s life was caught in the crossfire between two different Americas: one circling toward freedom, the other suffocating it.” he wrote in his review.

The critic also likens scenes in “Elvis” to Luhrmann’s other “sensory overload” and “faintly electric moments,” like the fish tank sequence in his 1996 romance Romeo + Juliet and the wild party scene in 2013’s The Great Gatsby.

Director Baz Luhrmann, left, and Austin Butler, who plays Elvis Presley in a new biopic.
Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley in new Baz Luhrmann biopic.
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“The hyper-romantic energy of these films helped to intertwine the present with the past in a way that both felt more alive,” he wrote. “‘Elvis’ discovers no such purpose. It finds so little reason for Presley’s life to be the stuff of a Baz Luhrmann film that the equation eventually reverses, leaving us with an Elvis Presley film about Baz Luhrmann. You both deserve better.”

However, the musical biopic received a 12-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. Shortly after the premiere, Hanks made Butler get a lot of affection from the audience and pointed a camera away from him to focus on the “Carrie Diaries” star.

Butler completely transformed into the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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During the French Fest, Hanks avoided a question about his “ridiculous“ Accent. Parker was from the Netherlands and the “Philadelphia” star’s mysterious voice oscillated between Dutch and American.

Despite some not-so-kind reviews, Priscilla Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s widow, supported the film.

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Tom Hanks portrays Presley’s longtime Dutch-American manager Colonel Tom Parker in the 2022 film.

Luhrmann almost burst into tears during a press conference for his film on Thursday as he described his feelings when Priscilla, 77, saw the show for the first time.

“No criticism, no review would ever mean more to us than that of the woman who was married to him,” Luhrmann said, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. “She said, ‘If my husband were here today, he would be like, ‘Fuck you are me’ … that was the best rating I’ve ever received.”

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Emma Bowman

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