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The Last Elvis2012

  • 4.2
Most evenings in Buenos Aires, "Elvis" Gutiérrez is a star. His singing and stage presence bring back to life the King of Rock and Roll in all his glory. By day, though, Gutiérrez slaves away at a dead-end factory job and endures the scorn of his ex-wife. Only his young daughter, Lisa Marie, brings any joy outside of his Elvis tribute gigs. Feeling more connected to his stage persona than to the world around him, Gutiérrez retreats from reality until a tragic accident forces him to grapple with his real-world responsibilities. Armando Bo's feature debut, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, shows how performing on stage can bestow glamour and grace to the unlikeliest of people. With a jaw-dropping performance by real-life Elvis tribute artist John McInerney, this powerful yet tender film imbues its lead character with depth and dignity, creating a portrait of a broken man who seeks shelter in his dreams and singular talent.

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I loved The Last Elvis. A heartfelt perspective on the life of a struggling Elvis impersonator who identifies very strongly with the object of his artistic mimicry and focus, this film digs deep into the heart and humanity of anyone keeping a balancing act between practical demands of daily life and pursuit of a dream or vision. --

With a minimum of clever story devices and camera trickery (but some solidly enjoyable cinematic creativity), The Last Elvis tells a full, rich, sad story that is woven with hope, sincere family struggles, and love. --

John McInery does an admirable job, not only as a fine Elvis impersonator, but with his clear understanding of this great story's nuances. Director/co-writer Armando Bo shows promise and I'll be watching out for his future films. Excellent cast.

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I loved The Last Elvis. A heartfelt perspective on the life of a struggling Elvis impersonator who identifies very strongly with the object of his artistic mimicry and focus, this film digs deep into the heart and humanity of anyone keeping a balancing act between practical demands of daily life and pursuit of a dream or vision. --

With a minimum of clever story devices and camera trickery (but some solidly enjoyable cinematic creativity), The Last Elvis tells a full, rich, sad story that is woven with hope, sincere family struggles, and love. --

John McInery does an admirable job, not only as a fine Elvis impersonator, but with his clear understanding of this great story's nuances. Director/co-writer Armando Bo shows promise and I'll be watching out for his future films. Excellent cast.

4 members like this review