‘Elvis’ Brings the Spectacle, Music and More (So where’s Mr. Presley?)

Elvis may have left the building, but in Baz Luhrmann’s hands he never leaves a mark.

“Elvis,” the umpteenth take on the late rock icon, is different than every past presentation. That’s healthy and welcome, and no one can astonish us like the auteur behind “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Except Lurhmann forgot to insert people into his atypical biopic. No one registers, not the King of Rock nor the huckster who steered his career up until Presley’s death in 1977.

You’ll walk out of “Elvis” knowing less about the singer, not more.

On paper, “Elvis” tracks the rise of one of music’s biggest stars, brought to remarkable life by Austin Butler. We see Presley’s early days, working blue-collar jobs while trying to impress record label types. Once...

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Jun 24th 2022
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