Elvis: The Miniseries
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An intelligent script helps the movie over the episodic nature of biopics, and Camryn Manheim and Robert Patrick are nice casting as Elvis's parents. But the whole thing hinges on the central E-casting, and here Jonathan Rhys Meyers proves a mixed bag. He appears a little intimidated by the role, and never quite owns it, even if he's very good as the dewy, more-or-less innocent Elvis. Having to lip-synch to the original recordings makes Rhys Meyers look outmatched at times: how's that big sound coming out of that spindly guy? Kurt Russell's performance in John Carpenter's classic TV-movie remains the gold standard. This take on Elvis makes him out to be a pawn in a crazy game, rather than a self-directed musician with a very distinct vision of his own. --Robert Horton
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well...I passed on this when it ran on the tube...and I WAS WRONG! This is off the hook good...the star gets Elvis...the shyness, the enthusiasm, the desire for fame....the naive little boy in the ever evolving sex symbol package, Randy Quaid is dead on perfect as the Colonel..and the rest of the cast does not dissapoint.
I am telling you...the recreations are breathtakingly cool.. these producers GOT IT...and GOT IT RIGHT...
this is from a very very hard to please skeptic...
Elvis fans will love it...casual fans who may be interested because of all the press on Elvis this week (30th anniversary of his passing)..this would be a great place to learn about The King!
With scenes of Memphis and Vegas, Elvis: The Mini-Series makes for a uniquely entertaining movie. We see Elvis as a southern boy, dirt poor, rising up from the dregs of poverty. In the beginning he is agonizing over his '68 comeback special. America is anticipating seeing him in one of his greatest performances. In flashbacks there is a memorable scene as the Presleys are fighting over the last pork chop. It's a scene that sticks out in Elvis' mind. As he rises to fame he defies his father Vernon and the formidable Colonel Tom Parker (Randy Quaid). His mama dies and he blames himself. Still, he never gives up on his dream.
Camryn Manheim is all right as Priscilla. Rose McGowan captures Ann-Margaret well. But Jonathan Rhys-Meyers literally explodes on the screen. He looks, acts, and sounds so much like Elvis that it is indeed shocking. He shines especially while performing `Blue Suede Shoes.' But, during the riveting '68 concert scenes there is a bit of a disappointment. Rhys-Meyers doesn't quite capture the real thing, but who can truly imitate Elvis at his absolute best?
Elvis sympathized with the less fortunate and gave all that he had to the world before he left us. He had a generous spirit. He lived the American dream. Perhaps that is why we love him and will never forget him. This movie is a must for Elvis fans. He lives on in our hearts. God bless you Elvis. Rest In Peace.
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This was a very good, interesting and accurate depiction of Elvis life confirming much of Peter Guralnick's books; his books being the definitive of well researched biography. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love the diversity of characters Johnathon Ryes Meyers play. He is an outstanding actor!Published 25 days ago by Sara
Made with the full cooperation of the Presley estate, this is intended to be the "official" screen biography. Read morePublished 1 month ago by vladb
Best bio pic of Elvis out there. All the original Elvis tracks are legendary.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer