The long-awaited premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic took place at the Cannes film festival this Wednesday. A film about the life and career of the king of rock and roll has already impressed the audience and the ex-wife of the musician Priscilla Presley, but the opinion of journalists was far from ambiguous. The musical, which is slated for its world premiere on June 23, cost Warner Bros. at least $200 million. Unsurprisingly, the box-office project was awarded a 12-minute standing ovation in the finale and entertainment website. Deadline is confident that its success at the festival was a 2022 record.
However, critic David Ehrlich called the film “completely deranged ” and ” an insanely awful 159-minute spectacle “. At the same time, the cult artist’s family appreciated the director’s aspirations, and the musician’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley called the film “a thoughtful reflection on the life and legacy of her father .” Also among the fans of the biopic was Guillermo del Toro, who received an Oscar for the drama The Shape of Water:
The massive Cannes screening, with a stellar red carpet premiere, marked the beginning of the film’s heavy promotion. To some extent, Baz’s creation will be a test of how willing audiences are to return to theaters for a big-budget Hollywood-style spectacle (albeit made in Australia), especially when it doesn’t feature Tom Cruise or superheroes (even if Luhrmann’s film makes us realize that Elvis is some sort of new musical superhero).
The premiere was attended by real faces and star colleagues in the biopic: Austin Butler, who plays Elvis, Tom Hanks, who played the role of Elvis’ manager, ” Colonel Tom Parker; Olivia Deljong, who plays Elvis’ wife, Priscilla Presley, Priscilla herself and Elvis’ longtime advisor, Jerry Schilling. The ex-wife and Schilling have been active in many recent Elvis projects, such as the HBO documentary of the same name. However, they are not listed as producers of the adapted story, which opens one’s eyes to another side of the stage star’s life.
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