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Cannes Film Festival | Elvis searches for himself and does not find himself

Cannes Film Festival |  Elvis searches for himself and does not find himself

(Cannes) One wonders what Elvis, Baz Luhrmann new film. Is it a musical, a biographical drama, a comic book adaptation, a superhero movie, a pastichena? It seems like a big unknown to the Australian filmmaker, so he often changes the register in this 2 h 39 minute film, which fails to move people by immersing themselves in the artwork of the staging.

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Mark Kasivi

Mark Kasivi

World premiere ofElvisPerformed away from the competition at the Grand Theater Lumiere on Wednesday evening, it was undoubtedly the most anticipated event of the 75s.And Cannes Film Festival. The film received rave reviews at the end of the screening. In the presence of actors Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Kings’ widow Priscilla Presley, along with Luhrmann, the opposite is almost unthinkable when the film has been circulating wildly on social networks for over a week.

Baz Luhrmann is a regular at the Cannes Film Festival. His first film, Definitely the ballroomThis week the film premiered as part of the Law Place series, which premiered in 1992 in a category that is considered unspecified. Red Mill! Launched Festival and Competition in 2001 and The Great Gatsby Also the opening film in 2013.

Luhrmann said he chose 30-year-old Austin Butler to play Elvis “because he’s an actor who can naturally reflect the unique body language and vocal characteristics of this particular performer, but also his vulnerability.”

Butler’s transformation, we see separately Once upon a time … in Hollywood, By Quentin Tarantino, excellent. He gave his own voice to Presley’s songs, which were revised and sometimes changed to suit the taste of the day … but not always in the best taste.

Photo by Joel C. Ryan, Joel C. Ryan / Invision / AP

Tom Hanks, Baz Luhrmann and Austin Butler in the movie premiere Elvis Performed in Cannes on Wednesday evening.

Filmmaker film problem Red Mill !, Because we can not trust his characters. They are very cartoonish, they have the depth and magnetism of a cardboard movie poster. “I’m a superhero,” Elvis said, and it looks like Lurman has turned him into a character in his usual way. Cartoon.

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Tom Hanks, Elvis’s Impresario, played the troubled and Machiavellian Colonel Tom Parker, who was strangely designed to remind me of the fat bastard role played by Mike Myers. Austin Powers. Especially since he has a pseudo-Dutch accent in his voice, to recall the obscure origins of Impressorio.

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Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. ElvisImage courtesy of Baz Luhrmann.

This Biopic Elvis Presley has been particularly interested in the chronological and hyperactive epic singer on life and work and the dependent relationship between this famous Colonel Parker, who has been his impressor for 21 years. “He looked at him like a monkey in a cage,” Jerry Lee Lewis said of Ethan Cohen’s documentary about him, which premiered in Cannes earlier this week. “He locked me in this golden cage,” Elvis said in the Baz Luhrmann film.

Colonel Parker heard “that white young man singing like a black man” on the radio while running a circus show. He immediately realized that he was holding a rough diamond in his hands. Elvis’s story is also told from the Colonel’s point of view that he granted himself 50% of his protg’s receipts.

Photo by Sarah Mysannier, Reuters

Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Baz Luhrmann, Priscilla Presley, Alton Mason and Natasha Bassett in Cannes

Two people, Luhrmann suggests, sometimes have conflicts. Elvis was probably under Colonel’s toe less than one might have thought, but not free enough to get rid of him. Parker always invented a new idea (e.g. residence in Las Vegas) to convince Presley to be confident. The illustration, unfortunately, does not allow us to fully understand the basics and nuances of their dynamics.

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This holography of King of Rock and Roll also touches very little on the artist’s dark side, except to make us realize that Col. Elvis was under house arrest in Las Vegas, overworked, and addicted. To barbiturates.

It’s not the details of his story, but it’s like hair in a soup and suddenly bloated Elvis Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42.

He did not die of a heart attack or an overdose of pills, Colonel Parker stated at the end of the film. He died because he loved his audience more than his life.

Baz Luhrmann seeks to draw a parallel between the fight for civil rights and the assassination of Martin Luther King and the Kennedy brothers in the United States between the existence of this larger than life character and the boiling of time. It was flat – the film was mostly shot in a studio in Australia; Feels – and we do not understand where the filmmaker is coming from. Remember the links Elvis had with the black community? Do you give social or political meaning to one’s life?

But the biggest flaws of his film are elsewhere. In its relentlessly revolving production style, in its crazy editing, in provoking unconsciousness, in abuse Divided screen And preference for soft violins. Everything is there to provoke emotions. She never appears.

Elvis Coming to theaters on June 24 in North America.