ELVIS: 2022 (Available in theaters and for streaming on Prime Video at $20.00.) Enjoyment of this movie partially depends on one's interest in Elvis. If you were a Boomer hitting adolescence at the dawn of the 1970s, Elvis probably didn’t mean squat to you. But Barb and I were Elvis fans. I will try to be objective in my review, but be warned that my bias may creep in. It’s a long movie: 2h 39m. If you stream it, you may want to take a few breaks. We did. The film begins with an ageing and sickly Colonel Tom Parker looking back on his work with Elvis Presley, and the body of the film is essentially a lengthy flashback, seeing Presley’s career through the filter of Parker’s recollection. Col. Parker is played by an almost unrecognizable Tom Hanks with prosthetics and a fat suit. The Presley family lived in a primarily Black community in Mississippi where Elvis loved and absorbed a musical tradition that included Gospel singing in the neighborhood church, country blues in local bars and dance halls, and African-American folk music at casual gatherings. Parker, on hearing that the young recording artist was white, immediately grasped the promise – and the money-making potential of a white musician who could replicate blues and rock ’n’ roll music, and therefore make records for all audiences. Parker was quick to take advantage of the opportunity Elvis Presley represented and signed on as the young man’s manager. Playing Elvis is Autin Butler, a 30-year-old American actor. Butler’s singing voice was used for Elvis' early career, with snippets of Elvis’ blended in later on. Wonderful performances by Butler and Hanks are ultimately the reason to watch this film. Director and co-scriptwriter Baz Luhrmann, known for Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, takes the film in interesting directions. He has managed to capture the essence of the legendary Elvis in the form of what might be called a tragic success story. Elvis died at 42. While this is primarily a biography of Elvis Presley, the man, it also gives attention to his exceptional impact on popular music. The movie follows the rise of Elvis from a young crooner in the 1950s to the best-selling solo artist in recording history. Central to the film’s journey are some of the more significant people in Elvis's life, not the least of which was Priscilla Presley. Is the film without error? Few Hollywood biographies are and this movie has numerous scenes that are fictional. In the words of Baz Luhrmann, “I did rely on historical accuracy but with a slightly elevated flair.” I warned you that Barb and I may be slightly biased, but we liked the movie a lot. GRADE A