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Is Elvis Baz Luhrmann’s Best Film Yet?

The new ‘Elvis’ biopic has been in cinemas for some time now and people all over the world have been flocking to the silver screen to watch the sweet-singing, hip-thrusting Mississippian in action. With a barrage of positive reviews coming left right and centre, we have to consider whether the new ‘Elvis’ film is Baz Luhrmann’s best picture yet. 

The Setting is Perfect for the Big Screen 

No city in the world complements the silver screen better than Vegas does. The neon glow and luxurious roll of the dice and spin of the wheel are what keep a lot of people continuously going to casinos in the first place. Not only that but people look for recreation from their own home as well when somewhere as extravagant as Vegas is not on their doorstep.

This is shown in the rising popularity of online casinos across the world in different countries. Canada, for instance, has massively embraced casino culture in their online sphere in order to replicate the atmosphere that is so well done in the new Elvis movie. Public appreciation for as much is represented in the fact online casinos in Canada offer games inspired by movies, whether this is in the theme such as westerns or fantasy or simply in the recreation of the Vegas design.  

Thanks to such a luxurious and picturesque setting, almost every exposition shot of ‘Elvis’ looks like it could be a poster. When a movie’s cinematography is this good, it’s hard for audiences to not get swept up in its majesty. 

The Cast Nailed It 

There isn’t a single cast member in this film who doesn’t nail their performance. Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Alton Mason, Dacre Montogomery, every single one of them take to the stage and do what they do best. Some of the highest praise for leading man Austin Butler comes from Priscella Presley herself as in a recent interview she commented saying his performance was “incredible”. She said, “he got Elvis to a T, I mean to a T. It is unbelievable what this kid did, Austin Butler.” If Elvis’s ex-wife can get behind the acting so strongly, it’s hardly a surprise that the rest of the world has too. 

Credit: Warner Bros Pictures UK

The Quick Flow is Engaging

Elvis had an extremely busy life and as such, there is a lot of information to fit into one film. Unsurprisingly, the start of the picture is very quick. A lot of the time when an audience is partial to a large amount of exposition quickly, it can become confusing and disengaging; however, this doesn’t happen with ‘Elvis’. Having Tom Hanks narrate the story and guide us through every moment means it’s easy for the audience to keep up with what is happening, and the quick flow becomes engaging rather than off-putting. 

Baz Luhrmann’s Other Amazing Films 

With the massive popularity that the new ‘Elvis’ movie has seen, it’s not unreasonable to say that it might be one of Baz Luhrmann’s best pictures yet. The casting, flow and setting of the film all make it one you could watch repeatedly. Of course, there are other amazing films by the Australian director out there, and these include the likes of: 

  • Moulin Rouge 
  • Australia
  • The Great Gatsby 
  • Romeo and Juliet 
  • Strictly Ballroom 

If you enjoyed ‘Elvis’, then you should certainly check out some of these other movies. 

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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