Cailee Spaeny shines brighter than Jacob Elordi’s portrayal of Elvis in this biopic, with a strong emphasis on Priscilla Presley

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Film review: Priscilla

Cailee Spaeny shines even brighter with Jacob Elordi playing Elvis in this biopic focused on Priscilla Presley. Sofia Coppola’s film “CPriscilla” (R, 113 minutes) is currently in theaters. Sofia Coppola introduces us to the character of Priscilla Beaulieu, played to perfection by Kailey Spaeny, through seductive close-ups of her legs and false eyelashes. The film tells the story of teenage girl Priscilla, played by Jacob Elordi, and her 10-year relationship with Elvis Presley. While Elvis fades into the background of the story, Priscilla takes the spotlight. Based on a book written by Priscilla Presley herself, the film accurately captures the image-obsessed world in which she lived. Set in 1959, when Priscilla was just 14 years old, the film captures the decor, fashion, cars, and social norms of the time, along with a great soundtrack featuring artists such as Avalon and the Ramones. I am. However, it is important to note that the film does not include any of Elvis’ iconic songs. The story unfolds when a young army officer invites Priscilla to a party at her house in Elvis, and we witness her overwhelming excitement and vulnerability. Jacob Elordi gives a convincing performance as Elvis, playing him as a melancholy, self-doubting narcissist. The film explores the complexities of their relationship, with Elvis drawn to Priscilla’s youth but also dealing with his own sadness and loneliness. It is notable that Priscilla and Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie objected to the script, feeling that it portrayed her father as a manipulative predator. Sofia Coppola defended her portrayal of Elvis, saying it was sensitive and complex. Both perspectives have value and add depth to the film, setting it apart from Baz Luhrmann’s work.

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