ELVIS MOVIE REVIEW: From a historian’s perspective

At 2.5 hours, Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS movie is a wild ride, covering Presley’s life from childhood to his untimely death at age 42. As an Elvis historian and author, my interest is in examining how the film does or does not distort Elvis Presley’s true history. 

There are so many Elvis myths out there that people make comments about daily on social media, and I have been on a mission to combat those false stereotypes about Elvis with the articles and books that I have written. My hope is that the film is entertaining, and at the same time, does not enforce any false narratives. That is how I am approaching my review of the ELVIS movie. 

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ELVIS movie special screening at Graceland

On June 11, 2022, Elvis Presley’s Graceland hosted a special advance screening of Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS movie. Along with the cast of the film, Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley attended as well as Elvis and Priscilla’s grandchildren: Riley Keough (age 33) and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood (age 13).

(Left to right): Riley Keough, Priscilla Presley, Harper Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Finley Lockwood

According to The Commercial Appeal, international reporters were invited to Memphis to interview the stars, take tours of Graceland and celebrate at a cocktail party with drinks like the “Pink Cadillac” (a mixture of tequila, lime juice, the orange-flavored Cointreau and hibiscus syrup).

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Baz Luhrmann hopes to release Elvis Presley never-before-seen¬†1970s documentary footage

Scene from 1970 documentary, Elvis: That’s The Way It Is

It seems that Elvis Presley unreleased documentary footage may be in the works for release. Fans have been begging for years that the never-before-seen film footage from Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972) be released to the public.

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Elvis Presley’s Homecoming statue in Tupelo from every angle

In August 2012, a bronze statue of Elvis Presley was unveiled in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi. The statue of Elvis circa 1956 singing and reaching out his hand was based on an actual photo of Presley performing onstage at his historic 1956 homecoming concert in Tupelo.

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Priscilla Presley raves about ‘ELVIS’ actor Austin Butler as movie heads to Cannes

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley in the 2022 film, ELVIS

During a recent personal appearance in Las Vegas, Priscilla Presley said that she watched a private screening of the new movie, ELVIS, due out in June. Director Baz Luhrmann wanted to be there when she watched the film for the first time. 

Instead, she chose to screen the movie with longtime friend of hers and close friend of Elvis, Jerry Schilling. Priscilla describes herself as being stunned by Austin Butler’s portrayal of her ex-husband. 

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‘Elvis and The USS Arizona’ film recognizes Presley’s fundraising role for Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii

On March 25, 1961, Elvis Presley performed a special concert in Honolulu, Hawaii to raise funds for the USS Arizona Memorial, a tribute to the US service men and women who lost their lives during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

The new 2021 documentary film by the World War II Foundation called Elvis and The USS Arizona tells the story of how Presley literally helped build the memorial that stands today.

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New Elvis Presley plaque unveiled in Honolulu, Hawaii

A new plaque recognizing Elvis Presley’s role in raising funds to build the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor was unveiled yesterday. The unveiling took place at a private ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Editor’s note: The date is incorrect on the plaque. Elvis performed the concert on March 25, 1961, not March 21. The World War II Foundation says they will be fixing the plaque.
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Elvis Presley’s grandson, Benjamin Keough, had plans to sing

July 12 marks the anniversary of Benjamin Keough’s tragic death in 2020. The 27-year-old son of Lisa Marie Presley committed suicide at Lisa Marie’s home in Calabasas, CA. He died of a self-inflicted intraoral gunshot wound.¬†

“Sometimes I am overwhelmed”, said Lisa Marie Presley in 2012 about the
uncanny resemblance between her son and her father.

Not many are aware that the grandson of Elvis Presley had plans to have a career in the music business. When he was only 17 years old, he was offered a $5 million record deal for up to 5 albums with Universal Music. Ben’s first album was scheduled to be released in 2010, but for unknown reasons, was never released. 

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