The brightly littered Manhattan streets, the cozy squalor of the bars and drug dens, even the cruddiness of the apartments: If George Michael and Mr.
Reddit Since the election, American cinema like so many citizens has been struggling to understand how we got here, and how we move forward. Documentaries have bore the brunt of that struggle, with works like 13th and Get Me Roger Stone digging deep into the cultural and historical factors that have led to the divided, disillusioned, Trump-era America we now face.
The King is one of the stranger entries in this budding subgenre of Trump-era political docs, a film that attempts to tie the rise and fall of America with the rise and fall of one of its most iconic cultural figures: Unfortunately, what results is a mediocre hybrid of two potentially great documentaries that never quite comes together.
The King starts with a novel premise: If Elvis is America, then the last few years have been our Fat Elvis period.
After all, there are few figures as inextricably tied to the American Dream, and the vagaries of capitalism, like Elvis Presley. Tom Parker a figure of derision throughout the doc constantly reshaping his career trajectory.
As much as Presley influenced the world of popular culture, so too was he shaped by the very economic and political forces that made him who he was. Even Ashton Kutcher pops up with some surprising insights about the dangers of achieving fame at such a young age. Unfortunately, The King loses the beat far too often in a vain search for topicality.
Jarecki often strains his exploration of Elvis as a metaphor for America. For fear of not being comprehensive enough, the doc makes several pit stops to talk about racism in s media, cultural appropriation, economic anxiety, Donald Trump, and a host of other side issues that are only loosely related to the King.
Even David Simon calls Jarecki out on the weakness of his central metaphor: For as well-intentioned as Jarecki may be, The King starts with a conclusion and works backward from there, and the results are more than a little tenuous.Also Read: 'Ocean's 8' Film Review: Sandra Bullock and Her Female Crew Idle Amiably in Heist Farce The sidepieces of the film are less intriguing, despite the actors involved.
|King Kong () - IMDb||Development[ edit ] Peter Jackson was nine years old when he first saw the filmand was in tears in front of the TV when Kong slipped off the Empire State Building. At age 12, he attempted to recreate the film using his parents' Super 8 mm film camera and a model of Kong made of wire and rubber with his mother's fur coat for the hair, but eventually gave up on the project.|
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