A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
One of the best biographies ever.
I have seen every movie made about Elvis with the exception of a regional drive-in movie that was fictitious called “The Legend” I believe, and not since Kurt Russell’s phenomenal impersonation in the 1970s TV Movie have I seen such an amazing job of acting as done by this young kid from Ireland. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was so stunningly accurate even though the combed back hair made his forehead look a little too prominent. Still, I did not work against his extremely effective portrayal of the King of Rock and Roll. Okay, I know I’m being picky here, but having been a portrait artist for 48 years, it’s hard not to notice such physical details.
What made this film all the more watchable were the acting of Camryn Manheim as Mama Presley and Randy Quaid as The Colonel. In both cases, the actors added so many shades to their characters and, despite the stories we Elvis die-hard fans know inside out, the script was put together in a way that made it all unfold as though we were there. And after not quite lookalike actors like Don Johnson with a voice that sounded more like one of David Seville’s Chipmunks than Elvis, and Dale Midkiff who lacked the charisma with his slight resemblance to the man in the miniseries “Elvis And Me”) this time, we had a guy we could believe was the real thing. And then there was the guy from the TV show who also played Elvis Michael St. Gerard who had such an uncanny resemblance to Elvis though with nothing close to the voice (except for the time he briefly played Elvis in “Great Balls Of Fire” and for one scene tells Dennis Quaid’s Jerry Lee Lewis “Take it! Take it awwlll!”) he was okay in the acting department but only okay. This guy Jonathon Rhys-Meyers has some serious acting chops. I loved his work in this one and will keep an eye out for him in the future. (And isn’t it ironic how both Quaids have gotten to be connected somehow to the Elvis legend?)
So to all the Elvis haters and those who tore this film down, you don’t have a clue. This was a great movie and for TV was a bloody masterpiece.