“Elvis” (Warner Bros)
By Catholic News Service
This highly entertaining, turbocharged biography of a music legend is a lavish, over-the-top production with all the creative hallmarks of its flamboyant director, Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”, “The Great Gatsby”).
In rural Mississippi, young Elvis Presley (Chaydon Jay) is transfixed by the musical vibe and suggestive dancing of his African-American neighbors. Years pass, and Presley (Austin Butler) embarks on a musical career, drawing upon these styles. A carnival barker, “Colonel” Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), offers to be Elvis’ manager with the blessing of his parents (Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh). Presley’s wife Priscilla (Olivia DeJonge) tries to protect him from the excesses of success.
Suggestive dancing, drug use, implied adultery and several profane and crude oaths. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.