Seven years after playing the David Bowie-esque glam rocker in Velvet Goldmine, actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers tackles the role of the biggest rock-and-roller of all time -- The King -- in this television miniseries. CBS' Elvis traces Elvis Presley's rise from being a humble, poor kid in early-'50s Memphis to being an isolated, prescription-drug-addicted superstar fearful of going on-stage for his 1968 comeback special. Along the way, he's torn between his devotion to his mama Gladys (Camryn Manheim) and the machinations of his stealthy manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker (Randy Quaid). Among Presley's hurdles: his R&B music and performance style prompts cries of obscenity from community leaders; he's drafted for the Army and decides to go; and he longs to become a serious movie star, although the Colonel has different ideas. Elvis was significant in that it was the first biopic of the star to allow the use of The King's original recordings, lip-synched by Rhys-Meyers. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
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You don't need to be an elvis fan to love this movie. even my mom was sucked into watching it as she was walking past the tv. lip syncing could have been much better, but thats only a minor setback. The first half is the best. really captures what it must have been for a young Elvis. As a musician i love how he approached the philosophy of his music. If you don't feel it than it just doesn't feel right.
This was simply a stunning performance by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. I was very impressed with the entire movie and cast. I've never seen a better Elvis portrayal, albeit the "little-bit-off" lip-synching. Not nearly as important as the amazing performance Meyers gave, as well as Camryn Manheim and Randy Quaid. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is a talent beyond any I've seen in quite some years. The movie is a revelation. If you're an Elvis fan, do not miss this movie. I kept wishing it would not end. See it.
As an Elvis Presley fan, I heard about this and had to see it! This is a glimpse into the life of the King of Rock n' Roll: pre-karate choppin', lei and cape wearing. It shows just how much of a struggle his life was, whether it was dealing with the death of his mother or the country boycotting his music. Jonathon Rhys-Meyers captured the essence of Elvis. He did a wonderful job (although the lip-synching was off quite a bit) portraying the man that could possibly be the most well-known man in entertainment history. Overall, this film was enlightening and entertaining.