New Movie Transports Viewers To The Elvis Craze Of The 1950s

While movie lovers are currently flocking to theatres to enjoy Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 hit Top Gun, fans of mid-century rock and roll have waited even longer to see the King memorialized on the big screen. Yet the time has finally come: Elvis, a musical biopic about the star, was released on June 24 and is now showing in theaters everywhere—Downtown Schenectady’s Bow Tie Cinemas and Scotia Cinema included.


Elvis is the latest in a series of blockbuster biopics about mega-stars; Bohemian Rhapsody told the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, while Rocketman looked at the life of Elton John.  Starring up-and-coming actor Austin Butler as the man himself, the film explores Elvis’ changing relationship with his manager, Tom Parker (portrayed by Tom Hanks), from his rise to fame and the controversy surrounding it, to his unprecedented stardom. Director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge!) is known for his over-the-top, flamboyant film style, and Elvis is no different; The Guardian describes the film as a “riotously audacious work, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the king of rock’n’roll and his puppet-master promoter” and “pure cinematic dynamite, with the orgasmic reactions of girls in the crowd as elegantly choreographed as Elvis’ gyrations.”


Of course, whether they were in the crowd at his shows or keeping up with the King from home, many of Kingsway Community’s residents remember the Elvis era, and still hold a soft spot for the music of their youth. Over the years, Kingsway has welcomed in Elvis impersonators to put on performances of hit songs such as “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “A Little Less Conversation,” and such shows are always a big hit. And we can only imagine Elvis the movie will be, too.


Watch the Elvis trailer here.