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Elvis not at his best!
on 17 April 2010
Despite this being one of Elvis's most popular films and the last that was made with a generous budget, it marks the decline in the roles that he was offered. He has a co-star who is as dynamic and talented as him in her way, and this offered him some challenge, something to 'work with' but the story line is weak and totally fanciful - a big difference from the serious role he played in King Creole. The songs are not bad and certainly way better than his later film scores but they hardly challenge his magnificent singing voice any more than the role he plays could help to develope his latent acting talent.
The first time I watched this dvd I was taken back to the last time I watched an Elvis film, sometime in the 60s and there was a pleasure at this revisiting. But when I played it again I was just sad. Sad that Elvis was caught up for so long in making such 'light' and mediocre films when with better management and vision he could have developed his prodigious talent. For me, if you want to see Elvis at his best you can't do better than his '68 comeback special (the deluxe version which contains all the original recordings) some of the documentary films which focus on particular aspects/times of his life.