Baz Luhrmann’s new Elvis Presley movie is gloriously goofy: a musical biopic as filtered through the lens of a superhero epic, an amusing combination that results in pure, uncut American mythologizing.
Elvis posits Elvis (Austin Butler) as an American god and is not subtle in this supposition: Early on, we see the young Presley running about town with a giant Shazam/Captain Marvel lightning bolt hanging from his neck. (One imagines it is on loan from elsewhere in the Warner Bros. empire, given that the insignia is a key part of Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, both on the horizon.) The entire look of the film calls to mind certain comic book adaptations, flicks like Sin City or 300; the backgrounds are frequently filled in by an all-encompassing green screen leading to an aggressive...Full review >>