Orion: The Man Who Would Be King Reviews

May 8, 2019
Ellis' story has its fair share of bleak moments; tragic reminders of just how much one can lose in the search for fame.
December 27, 2018
Funny, compelling, and heart-felt.
October 19, 2016
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.
December 17, 2015
An affecting and often bizarre story that director Jeanie Finlay handles in a straightforward but mostly satisfying way.
December 10, 2015
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.
December 3, 2015
It's a curious, bittersweet story, flecked with dashes of bombast and overstatement that Presley himself would have admired.
December 3, 2015
We're left to marvel at the collection of outlandish characters who contributed to the Orion legend.
December 3, 2015
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.
December 1, 2015
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.
September 27, 2015
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.
September 25, 2015
Shades of Carol Morley's Dreams of a Life-upon-Nashville.
September 24, 2015
Jimmy Ellis's story really is stranger than fiction.
September 22, 2015
With such a fascinating subject, it's hard for director Jeanie Finlay to go wrong.