When Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis" premiered earlier this year, the divided reception was unsurprising. Given the filmmaker's distinctive visual style and proclivity for artistic licence with his source material, the prospect of him helming a biopic of one of the most legendary characters in American music was certain to elicit passionate reactions.
While Luhrmann's unapologetically maximalist approach is almost destined to divide fans when "Elvis" opens, the picture already has one significant supporter. Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley's wife from 1967 to 1973, took to social media this week to tell that Luhrmann and longtime manager Jerry Schilling showed her the film. And it's probably safe to say she's a fan.
"This is a narrative of Elvis and Colonel Parker's relationship," Presley wrote, alluding to Colonel Tom Parker, her ex-controversial husband's manager. "It is a factual story portrayed wonderfully and creatively in a way that only Baz could offer in his singular artistic style."
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Col Parker was played by Tom Hanks in this film. "What a character," she observed. "Colonel had two sides, Jerry and I witnessed both."
Making an Elvis Presley movie would be impossible without addressing his terrible demise, which was undoubtedly tough for Priscilla to witness. She acknowledged this, but eventually complimented the film as both an artistic endeavour and an accurate depiction of events in her life.
"As we all know, the narrative does not end happily. However, I believe you will gain a better understanding of Elvis' journey as a result of the script written by a filmmaker who poured his heart, soul, and many hours into this picture."
"Elvis" is scheduled to open in theatres on June 24.