Film Review: The King

Sue Lange writes —

I was never one to go gaga over Elvis. I wasn’t around when he was shaking things up. I was born into the velvet Elvis world. The whole phenomenon has always cracked me up: the bad movies, the Elvis sightings, the thousands of lookalikes running around and putting gas in their cars. It’s all so silly.

Nevertheless I was engrossed in this film. It’s not so much the story of Elvis’ life as it is about Elvis during a time of great change and downward spiral of America. It’s a great little film. It moves. And one gets the feeling that Elvis was an event waiting to happen. If it wasn’t Elvis it would have been somebody else.

Legalized segregation when the races were juxtaposed brought forth the phenomenon. The cultures each developed their own style of music and it was only natural that somebody would put them together for something new. Something big. Without all that, Sam Phillips would never have been impressed with Elvis. Elvis would have been just another crooner.

I never thought Elvis sounded like a black person, but when he came out, the white world did. It was the times. White people were used to Bing and Frankie. Elvis was somewhat left of that. But make no mistake, Big Mama Thornton he was not.

The point is, he liked the music. He played it. He was handsome. End of story.

Whether or not America has been going to hell in a hand basket since the 50s, I’ll let you decide. Watch the movie. Figure it out: http://www.theking.film.

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  3. Dale Gresh says:

    I watched this Film at Sue’s recommendation and loved it. As she said, this movie does move. They drive Elvis’ old Rolls Royce along Route 66 through the American dream from Memphis to Las Vegas by way of Hollywood. We are on Elvis’ road and America’s road – to riches and to ruin. He and we took NOT the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.
    So, could Elvis have made a difference to America, if he had chosen the road less travelled? Would we fans have followed him along that road? That is the question
    Along the way they run into a diverse cast of characters with divergence of feelings and artistic expressions surrounding Elvis’ life choices. My favorite was a glimpse of the mythological peanut butter and banana sandwich. I think I will make one for lunch. Perhaps Le Bon Chef will add it to her menu.

    • lebonchef says:

      Hey great, Dale! Good questions. I think Elvis made the road. Not necessarily the road to rock and roll, there were too many others that helped with that to give him all the credit, but he certainly made the road to Elvis.

  4. Dale Gresh says:

    Yes maybe we are on a mew road. Did we just leave the road & take to the airwaves? In the film, Mike Myers said “America ruled the world with the moving image”, meaning at the same time Elvis’ movie career started, American movies & TV increased demand for American capitalism (the American Dream) around the world.

    And you are damn right, Rock & Roll was the juxtaposition of the races with or without Elvis, wasn’t it? Yeah Yeah Yeah You say you want a revolution not a King for Christ sake

    Someone in the beginning of the film said about white audience’s enjoyment of black music, like Elvis’ cover of Big Mama Thornton’s Hound Dog (although that song was written by 2 white guys), “from the slave state to apartheid, white people benefits from the soulful cry that arises from it”. This film has soul

  5. Sue Lange says:

    Right on, Brother.

  6. Dale Gresh says:

    Right on!

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