Orion: The Man Who Would Be King Reviews

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 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.
July 20, 2015
Even at a mere 89 minutes, it goes on for about twice as long as it should.