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The King (2018)


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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey.


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The overall merging of the two stories offers deeper insight into the fall of both the King and the country as a whole.

June 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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What could have been a gentle, personal travelogue is reworked and reworked until it's often guilty of the last sin of Elvis - excess.

June 20, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

I'd probably love this film's wandering spirit and Elvis-is-everywhere philosophizing if it were half as fast or twice as long, if it pinned any thought down long enough to really TCB.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Like the director's other projects, this is intelligent and ambitious, but the cultural insights are too familiar to merit yet another trek through Presley's troubled life.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Two elements - America and Elvis - come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Big, bold and overreaching, in love with but also skeptical of its own central metaphor of Elvis' career as a version of America's own history.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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