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Through dynamic use of archival footage and intimate new interviews with Ellis' friends and family - all of them founts of down-home sincerity - Finlay unearths a fascinating biography filled with reversals, comebacks and false starts.
It's a curious, bittersweet story, flecked with dashes of bombast and overstatement that Presley himself would have admired.
Ellis, who died in 1998, speaks for himself in abashed interview clips. He loved singing and his not-quite-fame, but he yearned to be known for who he was. His music powers the film, and it's well-sung and agreeable Elvis apocrypha.
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King might be a well-made documentary or just one that got ahold of an astonishing true story, but either way, it's fascinating from beginning to end.
An affecting and often bizarre story that director Jeanie Finlay handles in a straightforward but mostly satisfying way.
There's not really that much to talk about once the mask and all the mystery that accompanies it is taken away.
We're left to marvel at the collection of outlandish characters who contributed to the Orion legend.
This eye-opening documentary details the life and career of Jimmy Ellis, a country-western singer with the wonderful/terrible fortune to sound uncannily like Elvis Presley.
Finlay picks apart this real-life Bubba Ho-Tep tale, offering a dizzying analysis of the madness of the Orion myth alongside a movingly sympathetic account of Ellis's unsung talent.
Shades of Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life-upon-Nashville.
Jimmy Ellis's story really is stranger than fiction.
With such a fascinating subject, it's hard for director Jeanie Finlay to go wrong.
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