Mixed reviews for ‘Elvis’ despite Cannes standing ovation


Austin Butler and Tom Hanks star in Baz Luhrmann Elvis. (Warner Bros.)

New movie Elvis had mixed reviews from critics despite a storm at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film starring Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as his manager Col. Tom Parker – which follows the singer’s career and his relationship with Parker – received an incredible 12-minute standing ovation after its projection during the event in France.

But while Butler’s performance received generally positive reviews, some critics have suggested the movie, directed by Baz Luhrmann, isn’t quite what it could have been.

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The Guardian gave it only two stars out of five, with reviewer Peter Bradshaw calling it “incurious but frenetic”.

Austin Butler and Tom Hanks star in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis.  (Warner Bros.)

The film looks at Elvis’ relationship with his manager. (Warner Bros.)

In an article titled “Baz Luhrmann’s Spotless King Shakes Nobody”, he said it wasn’t so much a movie as a very long trailer and it was “a relentless, frenetically flashy, epic montage and yet negligible at the same time, without variation of rhythm”.

IndieWire called the film “completely deranged”.

Critic David Ehrlich also called it “monotonous” and said Luhrmann’s Elvis “never becomes his own man”.

And vanity lounge said Butler was “the only thing that works” in the film.

Austin Butler and Tom Hanks star in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis.  (Warner Bros.)

Tom Hanks plays the star’s manager. (Warner Bros.)

Elvis fared better in The telegraphwhere Robbie Collin gave it four out of five stars.

He also praised the performances of Butler and Hanks, saying Butler was an “attractive” Elvis and that Hollywood star Hanks was “hugely entertaining”.

The Independent also gave the film an impressive four stars.

Clarisse Loughrey said Butler had “nailed looks, voice, stance and movement” and also served up “the essence of Elvis-ness”.

However, she also said that Hanks felt a bit like “a prop.”

(Left-right) Austin Butler, Priscilla Presley, Olivia DeJonge, Tom Hanks and Alton Mason attend the premiere of Elvis during the 75th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.  Picture date: Wednesday May 25, 2022.

The film was a hit at Cannes. (PENNSYLVANIA)

“He’s almost buried under layers of prosthetics and a pantomime Dutch accent, seemingly thrown in just so America’s father’s warm smile might make a few people wonder if he’s really the villain of it all,” she said.

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Elvis is due out in the UK in June.

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