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5.0 out of 5 stars
The tender side of Elvis struggles against his dark side, 22 Mar 2011
First of all, this movie would not be so beautiful without the great performance of kurt Russell; and it's easy to understand why director John Carpenter would later decide to collaborate with him several time. Kurt Russell IS Elvis, in this movie, and the passion and respect he feels towards the legendry icon of rock'n'roll music, still nowadays, go far beyond the flat screens of our modern TVs, hitting us right into the chest. Elvis' love for his brother, for his mother and father (played by Kurt Russell's father Bing Russell), his fondness for sincerity, for a simple life away from the bright light of success; Carpenter tells us the story of the person, not of the icon, and Russell perfectly fits in this role. The beginning of the movie is terrific, with Elvis shutting off the buzz coming from the news shooting right into the screen of his television(it reminded me, even if it was very different in scope, the opening scene of fire walk with me), and then tha days of his youth, his feeling of loss and solitude (due to his twin brother death)which so well made him appear as a young Jonny Cash...everithing is done with a sense of respect and loss, and after watching this movie you can't help but wonder what would have happen if the King was still here, with us, sharing his pain and alleviating our own with his voice, his songs, his heart. Elvis is dead, no doubt about it, but thanks to this movie he is now a little closer, and that's, after all, all that now we can expect from him.