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I was pleasantly surprised by the first part of this mini...mostly by the fine performance of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Elvis. This is the first thing I've seen him in...and he totally nailed Elvis. He was charismatic, sexy, warm, vulnerable and totally believable. I also thought Randy Quaid and Cameryn M were superb. In fact, the acting is what made it so enjoyable. As a life-long Elvis fan, I was satisfied with most of the writing as well. There were a few small historical mistakes, but nothing major. Rhys-Meyers' winning portrayal more than made up for any inconsistencies. I have a feeling his Elvis may bring more younger fans into the Elvis fold. I'm looking forward to part two.
Part one of the CBS mini-series "Elvis" was better than I expected, but
not as good as it could have been. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, while a good
actor simply over exaggerated Elvis' southern drawl & lip curl and was
too small in build & hight. It was nice having the real Elvis' singing
voice, but the lip syncing was not convincing. And why did his hair
always look like he just got out of the shower? Elvis' buddies use to
kid him about all the time he spent sculpting his famous pompadour.
Can't a Hollywood hair dresser come close the most iconic hair style in
That aside, the stand outs were Randy Quaid as Col. Tom Parker and Camryn Manheim as Gladys Presley. These two made the show worth watching. The actors playing Scotty Moore and Bill Black were as far off from the real thing as you could get.
As far as the story, it skipped too many important events in Elvis' career for only covering it up to 1958 (by the end of part 1). Besides several historical inaccuracies, it was not a bad story, and kept your interest. While not as good as the TV series of the same name in 1990 with Michael St. Gerard or the 1979 TV movie of the same name with Kurt Russell, it was miles better than most portrayals of the King's life (Elvis & The Beauty Queen, Elvis and The Col., Elvis Meets Nixon, Elvis and Me).
I do look forward to seeing the second half.
The premiere of "Elvis" was just on NBC. Johnathon Rhys Meyers does
deliver a very faithful performance as The King. The whole cast is very
strong and supporting. This could be the best mini-series of the year.
Johnathon Rhys Meyers will have to get some kind of award of his
performance. I was also impressed with Randy Quaid who plays Colonel
Tom Parker, the evil manager. But we will have to wait until Wednesday
for the entire review. If you are a die-hard Elvis fan, or not even,
you really should see this mini-series. I will write a full review
after the conclusion episode.
So far: 8/10
I've just finished watching part I of "Elvis", and Jonathan Rhys Meyers IS Elvis. There is no one else today who could have been chosen for the role. He is the only young actor today who comes closest to embodying the talent, beauty, spirit and charisma of the King. I'm glad he was given the role, despite not being an American. I'm also interested in knowing if JRM will be interested in recording an album of his own in the future. Any fan of JRM who watched this movie will notice the parallels between this mini TV movie to "Velvet Goldmine". He seems really great at portraying rock stars. I'm really looking forward to the Woody Allen Summer project and The Last Unicorn. Congratulations and best wishes to JRM for more great projects like this in the future.
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This particular movie, much more imagination to work can be seen,
despite a thorough representation of the character of Elvis. Many
incorrect regarding dates, lies as much with the relationship between
the mythical high-profile with Tom Parker, since in fact, Elvis himself
took the decisions concerning his career with the right and the
mistakes and never been the subject of dismissal Parker
Eventually the project was nothing but a pile of mass circulation despite clichés and the malignant character of Elvis, despite a real look in his personality.
Also isn't finished, after Stands in 1968, without the most show no qualitative artistic and interesting personal journal of the King.
The selection of high-profile failed, more like a comedian seems, except as Elvis, especially when trying to capture the stage presence of the king.
I thought this would be a fantastic min i series, decent cast, and John
Rhys Meyers kinda looks the role.
I mean John Rhys Meyers, i know he won an award for it and all that, but he was not very good IMHO. It got to the point where my sister and I had to stop watching. The story was fine, and the ideas worked, but the main performance was just appalling, and the lip syncing was even worse.
No the door is definitely still open for a decent Elvis movie or min series.
This was a very bad movie .. Jonathan who played Elvis was so boring to
watch he had nothing but a face that in some scenes looked like Elvis
.. This guy doesn't have any percent of the 100% charisma that The REal
Elvis had .. He has no glow in is performance its to much over the top
all trough the movie . The last scene If i can Dream is so badly lipped
synced and played that i started to laugh i mean common!! Elvis had a
little more sex appeal and nerve then this ... Bad bad bad bad CBS Did
a Bad bad thing..Has this actor ever lay ed an eye on Elvis
performances? i mean it looked as if he had watched the 68 comeback
special like two times or something .. And his singing in the Sun
Studio is awful its false and bad! bad! So i wonder how could you cast
this guy was it only for the poster ? cause it sure looks like it.
I'm a huge Elvis fan, so I was anxiously anticipating this movie. I had
my VCR all set up...and then nothing'. I felt nothing when I watched
the movie. No emotion, no sentimentality about the 50's, no excitement.
I felt the movie really lacked spunk! Yes, they covered most of the basic things that happened in Elvis' life, but they totally neglected to show the Charisma and Edge that the real Elvis had. Sure, the guy looked a lot like Elvis, and could imitate his drawl, but there was just no electricity.
I was also completely disappointed, that they picked someone so plain and mosey to play someone as beautiful and perfect as Pricilla. What a waste.
For those of you that were expecting something great in this movie, PLEASE go out and rent "Elvis and Me". It was made from Pricilla Presley's biographic book and it's excellent!! It has the emotion that this movie was lacking.
This was the worst characterization/movie of Elvis Presley's life since "Kirk Russell". I don't know how old this Carolina-26 is but she has no idea who or what Elvis was about. Jonathon Meyers did not do a very good job of this performance, nor his LIP SYNCING. Of course he kept in perfect tone, he was lip syncing. If you really want to see a great movie about Elvis Presley's life then watch the movie "This is Elvis". RENT IT..Carolina-26 or anyone. I am one of his biggest fans and know that this movie was awful. Another good movie about his life is the one based on Priscilla Presley's book "Elvis & Me" with the characters of Susan Walters & Dale Midkiff portraying the lives of Elvis & Priscilla. And to top it all off they stopped the movie @ 1968. The years of 1968-1977(when he died)was when he did his best performing. He was good in his younger years but as he got older he got a Hell of a lot better.They didn't touch base on his divorce from Priscilla or his funeral which was a big ordeal in August 16,1977. So Why cut the movie off @ the best time in his life.
Did anyone notice that the "Actress" in the Hollywood lot that told
Elvis to wash the back of his neck looked an AWFUL LOT like Priscilla?
I thought that when I saw part one but when I saw who they had cast in
part two I was convinced. Antonia Bernath was cute but pulled in a flat
and predictable performance. Azure Dawn has the striking beauty and
poise of a young Priscilla. Her profile is identical! With the right
hair, make up, and blue contacts, it would be uncanny.
The look in Azure's eyes was deep and emotional when she looked at Elvis. Antonia's was Flat and blank. Azure was better in her small little scene than Antonia was in all of her scenes. Azure's performance was convincing and unpredictable so I'm pretty sure she could have done a MUCH better job! What a stupid mistake to cast someone that looks and acts nothing like Priscilla and then cast someone that looks just like her and doesn't play her in the same movie. How could they not see that?
Priscilla was a very important element in Elvis' life and I just can't believe that something so obvious was over looked. This movie had so many flaws and holes. This is just one of the many examples that bugged me. In general I thought JRM was good but not brilliant. Rose McGowan looked like she tried too hard. A lot of the smaller roles, though, were done well. Cameron Manheim was brilliant and stole the show.
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