Elvis Presley, one of the biggest cultural icons of the 20th century, received almost no formal education. However, his persistent work ethic enabled him to rise to fame with music and on-screen. His relationship with Colonel Tom Parker, his manager and father figure throughout most of his career, often added a controversial twist to his image. Elvis’s complex duality made him one of the most influential artists in popular culture.
What is the plot of the story?
The story of Elvis begins with a 17-year-old Elvis Aaron Presley being recruited by the U.S. Army in 1956. After a year of instruction, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Services performing in shows for soldiers and other U.S. service personnel stationed throughout Europe, then sent home after receiving less than glowing evaluations from his superiors who noticed that he had trouble hearing over the din of his audience, among other faults they attributed to his lack of work ethic and personal hygiene.
Who is in the cast? What role did each character portray?
The cast includes Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Morgan Freeman, and Danielle Macdonald. Elvis played by Austin Butler is the main character in the story. He portrays Elvis Presley as a young man who struggles to find himself after starting his career at a very young age. Jim Lamar played by Tom Hanks is an old man that worked with Colonel Tom Parker during the time of Elvis. He will serve as a narrator for the film to provide the context of events that happened before the movie started. Elvis’ father Vernon Presley portrayed by Alex Pettyfer is hard working and quite stubborn, but he did not have great values since he came from poor family background.
What are the difficulties they face?
Elvis Presley was born in a poor family. He had to work hard on a cotton farm to help his family. After he left school, he had the opportunity to attend an audition at Sun Records but was rejected by the owner. He then joined the U.S. Army and became a soldier. The sergeant who interviewed Elvis took a liking to him and recommended him to join the 3rd Armored Division Band in Friedberg, Germany. Colonel Parker played by Morgan Freeman is an agent that has helped several young talents earn money before they become famous like Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lee Lewis. He helped Elvis Presley out of poverty and became his manager for life until Elvis passed away.
#AustinButler can't seem to shake his #Elvis voice and we're more than OK with that 😍 The heartthrob joined @RyanSeacrest on-air to discuss the biopic and also recorded Seacrest's new voicemail and you've got to hear it: https://t.co/K2uN7qR05x pic.twitter.com/lEJaTVQhFr
— On Air/Ryan Seacrest (@OnAirWithRyan) June 17, 2022
What are the themes?
The themes include hope, love, sacrifice, friendship, pride, and the definition of fame. Below is the analysis for each theme. The climax of the movie is when Elvis meets Colonel Tom Parker. They did not like each other because their personalities were very different. Colonel Tom Parker was a man of pride, greed, and ambition which led him to be manipulative. Elvis on the other hand was not materialistic, loved his fans, and was well respected by his peers.
Who is the antagonist? What are its motives?
Colonel Tom Parker played by Morgan Freeman is the antagonist of the movie. He is a man of greed and ambition who worked for hand in hand with Elvis’ father. He saw an opportunity to make money off of Elvis Presley. The Colonel’s motive was to get rich by signing contracts with recording studios and taking royalty cuts whenever Elvis sold merchandise. The epic scenes include the moment when Elvis met Colonel Tom Parker and the time when Elvis passed away. The movie ‘Walk the Line’ was based on Johnny Cash and June Carter’s love story and Elvis Presley’s life was used as a background.
Would you recommend watching this?
I recommend this movie to anyone interested in music, the life of Elvis Presley, and anyone who wants to know more about his life. Thanks for reading!
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