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What Makes Elvis an AMC Artisan Film

June 10th, 2022What Makes Elvis an AMC Artisan Film

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Elvis has entered the building with a unique and original vision from legendary director, Baz Luhrmann. The film’s stunning cinematography, captivating score and exceptional performances from Austin Butler and Academy Award® Winner, Tom Hanks has been recognized as an AMC Artisan Film. AMC Artisan Films encompass a broad range of themes, styles and genres that advance the art of making movies.

There are several factors we consider before we give a movie the AMC Artisan Films seal. Here are just a few reasons why ELVIS deserves the honor.

Brings a Unique Vision and Perspective

The legendary director of ROMEO + JULIET, MOULIN ROUGE and THE GREAT GATSBY, Baz Luhrmann immerses you into the incredible life and fame of Elvis Presley. With dynamic cinematography, ELVIS is an emotional roller coaster film that explores the musical influences from Elvis’ youth to the pinnacle of fame and flashing lights during his Las Vegas performances. Luhrmann's vision reflects the up-tempo music and hip gyrating movements of a young Elvis that creates a unique look, and camera angles that pull you into the scene, making you feel like you're part of Elvis’ entourage.

Features a Compelling Score

If you have seen one of Baz Luhrmann's previous films, you may have expectations that ELVIS will feature a modern and fresh spin on the classic Elvis tunes that will celebrate the career of the Rock legend and speak to a new generation. The blend of classic Blues, Rock & Roll and the incorporation of modern pop music breathes life into the heartbeat of the story and pushes ELVIS beyond your traditional biopic. Luhrmann casted several musicians in supporting roles, include Grammy winners and nominees, Gary Clark Jr. as Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, and Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe to capture an authentic and captivating score.

Stretches Actors Outside Their Comfort Zones

Portraying the legend of Elvis Presley is Austin Butler, who beat out other incredibly talented-actors Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Harry Styles who all reportedly auditioned and tested for the role. Butler, fits perfectly in Elvis' blue suede shoes having mastered the hip gyrations and shoulder hunches that Presley unleashed, setting a generation of female fans into a frenzy. His silky baritone voice, will convince you that the young actor is the King of Rock & Roll. Austin Butler put so much of himself into becoming Elvis, that the actor has admitted that his body began shutting down after wrapping the film up and had to go to hospitalization for one week.

Unites Acclaimed Casts

Depicting the mysterious and manipulative Colonel Tom Parker is Oscar winner, Tom Hanks. ELVIS is primarily from the perspective of Parker, who seemed to always be lurking in Elvis’ shadow, exploiting the musician at any moment for a dollar. Hanks delivers his portrayal of the self-serving manager with such charisma and swagger immersing you into the spell that captured and ultimately trapped Elvis in a Las Vegas casino at the end of his career.

Pushes Boundaries and Sparks Conversation

Beyond the visually stunning experience, ELVIS paints a rich canvas of the personal struggles and rise to stardom that Elvis experienced throughout his life. Butler captures the tenderness of a man longing for adoration from his mother and the angst of a musician wanting to express himself through his songs, through the immersive lens of Luhrmann’s direction.

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