Elvis Found Alive
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In this mockumentary spoof of Elvis theories, ELVIS has been FOUND, ALIVE! After visiting Graceland, Director Joel Gilbert made a Freedom of Information Act request for US government files on Elvis Presley. Incredibly, documents arrived from the FBI revealing an address for Federal Agent "Jon Burrows," Elvis' 1970's alias, in Simi Valley, California. After a brief confrontation, Elvis agreed to chronicle the secret history of his life and "death" in an exclusive interview.
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Its speculative story line and the "proof" presented for it through time-lines of real events make it impossible to determine in most cases whether the various revelations are true or just speculation. The research done for this movie must have been enormous, and its presentation was very nearly flawless by my own speculation. In other words, you sit there and wonder: are you learning something new, or is this part of the fictional story line? Difficult to know unless you take the trouble to do in-depth research. Some of it, however, requires to be a believer in an Elvis who's still alive and well, so you bring your own speculation into it.
There is some humor, and a lot of it had to do with the parallels drawn between Elvis's life and that of the comic-book character Captain Marvel, Jr. I read some of the other reviews, and at least one indicated that the movie makes Elvis look foolish, or even childish. I had the opposite impression. I think it makes him human in the way it shows some of his quirks and foibles, and it also makes him somewhat endearing, as he tries in a serious and well thought-out way to go beyond being merely the King of Rock and Roll, and do something good for his country.
So there are two ways to look at this movie: you can either be cynical, and believe that it was done to make him look like some rural hick who was really in way over his head; and if that was the intent, I think it failed. The second way is to see it as a political film using one of history's best-known icons in a very believable context to get a point across. If that's the case, it succeeded, at least for me. As I said, this is a clever movie. I enjoyed it for what it was, entertainment, but most of all I enjoyed the way facts were unfolded to make the fictional story line so believable.
As for this movie. It starts out a little shaky, like it's a very low budget joke without real direction. That's misleading as soon as Jon Burrows is on screen things really pick up. First there's the voice which is exactly, I mean perfect, spot-on Elvis's voice. This is amazing! Think of this, real voices are hard to sustain complete belief, heck no voice artist who've tried have ever even created a reasonable facsimile of any single one of Mel Blanc's "created" voices of any of the Looney Tunes characters. I say this because created voices are generally accepted to be easier to mimic than actual real voices. The voice of Elvis here is the voice of Elvis and it never veers into fakery. This isn't to say it's Elvis, I know it isn't but it is the jumping off point where this film begins to shine. But, then there's the thoughtful progression of very real topics that Elvis would be sure to have an opinion. In life we only got to get a glimpse of Elvis's personal views on topics such as music, drugs, crime, and politics. I believe the dialogue between Elvis and the writer/filmmaker proves he was very aware of just what Elvis might like to say and, generally, didn't at the time he was alive. That gives this film more potential and never lacks that magic of being entertaining to hear in the voice of Elvis. Some of it certainly is spot-on as to what I imagine Elvis thought regardless of how true it might be since Elvis could truly live in a bubble of his own creation.
Here's where I find a real kernel of truth, in the comments Elvis has explaining his path after the death of his mother and the rise of The Beatles. I think Elvis was devastated and never was the same after the death of Gladys. I think he struggled with how to remain vital and some of his real talent, not luck, began to show when he hit his Memphis streak. His frustration and explanation of shooting his TV had a particularly real sad ring to it while remaining humorous. Elvis knew more about crime and politics than he probably ever revealed at the time and it's refreshing to hear what is likely to be the way he called it like he saw it - and probably history has and will continue to bear out to be more truth than fiction. It's like hearing a man who really had it right because music was downhill after '77 and our national begin to truly fall apart at an alarming rate even in the final year of Regan's two terms beginning with the Iran-Contra scandal. What began as a mockumentary became more and I give this film kudos for being able to actually go there.
So, Elvis really didn't live in reality...but, he lives again here and it's a pretty impressive take on how he would be if he was actually alive to do a film like this. For all the fantasy it has something that feels like it might just be close to the truth if he did live. That is why this is good creative art and not just a throwaway fake documentary. Hmm, I think I agree with most of the view's Elvis posits here so with the expert voice delivery this becomes something like Elvis talking from the grave much more than I would have ever believed in the first 10-minutes. It actually got better and better in my humble opinion. Really makes one want to believe even though you know better. Recommended for something refreshingly different, entertaining, and even topical.
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