Austin Butler’s movie elvis received a 12-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
The film, directed by Baz Luhrmann, is a musical based on the life of Elvis Presley and his rise to fame in the ’50s, during which he maintained a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
The film also stars Olivia DeJonge and Dacre Montgomery.
Corresponding diversity, the film received a 12-minute ovation as the crowd went wild over Butler’s performance as Presley. The 30-year-old actor’s casting had previously been skeptical.
As the applause continued, an emotional butler was seen hugging Priscilla Presley, who was flying to Cannes for the premiere of the film about her late husband.
In the film, Butler performs Presley’s greatest hits, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Suspicious Minds.”
elvis received the longest standing ovation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, followed by Woody Harrelson’s film triangle of sadness, who received an eight-minute standing ovation last weekend.
Many participants and critics from the elvis Screening have also spoken positively about the film on social media.
That of the telegraph Critic Robbie Collin wrote: “Elvis Presley, grooving through 1950s Beale Street to the strains of Doja Cat and singing Britney Spears-esque Viva Las Vegas? Man, it’s good to have Baz Luhrmann back.”
Kyle Buchanan from the New York Times added: “Baz Luhrmanns elvis is… *exactly* what you’d expect from Baz Luhrmann elvis be. Wacky, glitzy, silly, funny, ridiculous… sometimes all in the same five seconds!
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“The only variables are lead actors Austin Butler (better than expected) and Tom Hanks (much worse!)”
Writer Rafael Motamayor wrote: “elvis absolutely rules! A film about excess, from the running time to the costume and production design to the song numbers, to Baz Luhrmann pulling an Ang Lees Hulk and using comic panels throughout the film to make a big impact achieve. Austin Butler is incredible.”
The Independent’s Clarisse Loughrey has also given elvis a four out of five star rating.
She wrote, “Butler nailed the looks, the voice, the stance and the jiggling, but what’s really impressive is this indescribable, undistillable essence of Elvis — magnetic and gentle and wild all at the same time.”
elvis hits theaters on June 24th.
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