This is just the kind of movie to watch on a nasty,cold and wet December afternoon- lots of exotic scenery, sunshine, girls in bikinis and some of Elvis' most popular songs including the magical and legendary Can't Help Falling In Love. The fact that it was shot on location in Hawaii as opposed to some Hollywood back-lot makes it all the more enjoyable. The movie and album soundtrack both struck gold financially which meant that Elvis was unable to get away from making this kind of movie for virtually his entire acting career. The DVD is pristine in both picture and sound and is a pleasure to watch on widescreen tv. If you've seen it on the telly or video and weren't impressed then try the DVD, the difference is remarkable. Elvis movies are a bit like some of the early Bond films-a tried and tested formula which, although somewhat dated nowadays, were lapped up by 60's audiences in their droves. No sex,bad language or violence - just harmless entertainment. Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii is a great film, if there was ever such a genre as paradise cinema, Blue Hawaii would be the definitive flick. Chad Gates (Elvis) has just left the army, and is living it up on the beautiful Hawaiin beach, lovin' his girl, surfin' and singing. But he soon has to get a job, and refuses to work for his rich parents which causes all sorts of priblems as he sets out as a tourist guide. Blue Hawaii of course features the classic song 'Can't Help Falling in Love', magnificent scenery, plenty of laughs and two hours of sheer enjoyment. A huge, huge film on it's release and still one of Elvis most popular and well known movies.
Great location, great music, poor script - but who really cares when Elvis is on screen doing his thing and singing some of the best songs to ever come out of one film. Elvis returns to the islands from the army determined not to enter into his rich father's pineapple business, preferring to try and make a go of a tour guide business with his Hawaiian girlfriend. His snobbish mother; Landsbury in a great over the top acting part complete with Southern drawl,("Have you got some sugar for your mother?") is horrified but she and his father eventually agree to let him try. After various plot twists involving a tourist group made entirely up of young girls, he eventually makes a go of things and marries the girl. Favourite songs have to be, Can't Help Falling In Love, which he sings to his girlfriend's grandmother for her birthday and Almost Always True. Other songs are, Rock A Hula Baby, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Blue Hawaii, Aloha Oe, No More, Moonlight Swim, Ku-u-i-po, Ito Eats, Slicin' Sand, Hawaiian Sunset, Beachboy Blues and Island of Love. Nice piece of romantic, musical escapism.
If you've got the video and think you've seen the film -think again! Unlike the video this DVD has perfect picture and sound quality. The colours are vivid, the image is pin sharp and the sound is in n 5.1 surround sound. Also with it being in widescreen you get all the side action and get the full effect of the beautiful locations used. Its an audio-visual treat. The film itself was ELvis most succesful. There are some great songs including Can't Help Falling In Love with You and some great one liners and a light romantic storyline with Elvis in top form as a light comedy actor. Blue Hawaii is pure escapism and it established a formula that would be copied in other Elvis films. Think of the Bond films; Girls, locations, vechiles, action, Girls, throwaway humour with Elvis having a license to sing. A first rate film and a top notch DVD - had there been Extras I'd have given it five stars. A minor minus point is that they've used a still from Paradise Hawaiian Style rather than Blue Hawaii on the back cover but thats hardly going to spoil you enjoyment of the film or DVD.
I read on one of those movie review sites that someone hated this film becasue they thought it was to corny.....i have to say that is why i love it..i love the fact that the songs get stuck in your head and my faves are definitely in this film, "Rock-A-Hula Baby" and "Slicin Sand" are amazing...but the people at Paramount are obviously very blind as i noticed the other day when i went to watch it hat it has 3 pictures on the inside sleeve and outside cover of Elvis in Paradise Hawaiian Style, a film that was not made until five years later, so as i also have Paradise Hawaiian Style i decided to check that cover and it also has pictures of Elvis in Blue Hawaii on it......All in all i think that this film is fab and no one should say its bad till they have watched it....ROCK A HULA ELVIS!!