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FUN IN LAS VEGAS
on 8 April 2012
Viva Las Vegas is probably one of Elvis' best known songs, covered by many artists, and features in some well known other movies. And this film is one of the reasons.
Your ninety minutes of fun are guaranteed in this 1964 movie. Elvis and luscious co-star Ann Margaret give one of the most believable on screen performances. It is well documented that the pair had a thing going between them during the making of this movie and their relationship translates well onto celluloid!
Though Elvis Presley is probably one of the best looking men ever, this does not come across too well in this movie. Aside from the fact that he is overly and unnecessarily coiffed and made up throughout the film, Ann stunningly glows all over with natural beauty. You cannot help but concentrate on her every move. And even with Elvis trying his best, her dance moves are very natural and sexy whilst Elvis' seem mechanical and at times awkward. But by his own admission, Elvis was not a dancer. Music simply made him shake and move to the music in very natural ways rather than in choreographic styles. Comparing his more natural Viva Las Vegas screen performance and the choreographed C'mon Everybody dance routine with Ann Margaret verifies that.
Oh the plot, I almost forgot. Ummm, Elvis is race car driver Lucky Jackson and falls for Rusty (Ann Margaret) at first sight when her sports car develops 'whistling motor' trouble. So who can blame him when he painstakingly tracks her down and tries his best to charm her into his arms? Now he also has to win the Grand Prix race - racing other cars and another guy for the ultimate trophy, Rusty!
Apart from the movie title song, there are some great rocking songs including C'MON EVERYBODY and a criminally-shortened IF YOU DON'T THINK I NEED YOU. Ann also adds her own tantalising solo singing and dancing. And boy can she tantalise.
A thought just came to my head! No, not that. Really, if Ann could tantalise like that back then, why can't they tantalise like that today?
Anyway, get this highly enjoyable film on dvd or blu-ray. Bear in mind, this is not necessarily Elvis at his movie best, but considering what Hollywood and his clueless manager were shoving at him at the time, this is a fantastic effort. It's funny too.