The opening sequences of “Elvis” and the introduction to The King are not too dissimilar to that of “Moulin Rouge!” when Satine finally drops into frame. Australian filmmaker and Oscar nominee, Baz Luhrmann has an eccentric style of directing that leans heavy on abundance. His flair for color in every frame, manic editing and gaudy production design seems fitting for a musical biopic about Elvis, who was often larger than life. Luhrmann takes the same circus style mentally he applied to Best Picture nominee “Moulin Rouge!” and uses that here to tell the rise and fall of Elvis Presley.

The catch is its (inconsistently) told from the eyes of Col. Tom Parker. Oscar winner Tom Hanks fills that role with heavy prosthetics and a fat suit, which settles in as more of a distraction than a performance.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. Visit


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George Laiacona

I have been an Elvis fan since 7th grade. Ever since his death there have been TV shows and movies that tried to tell his story. Today’s version was a very good addition. When you become a fan of any entertainer, no matter what any one says about him or her your allegiance cannot be altered. I have been an avid fan since 1957. My collection of Elvis Paraphernalia shows it. Elvis Satellite radio keeps him alive. Regular visits to Graceland have become necessary since 1972.

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