The King (2017)
Critic Reviews for The King
Two elements - America and Elvis - come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.
Big, bold and overreaching, in love with but also skeptical of its own central metaphor of Elvis' career as a version of America's own history.
Even if one agrees with Jarecki's progressive political position, making Elvis into a metonym for the nation's spiritual corruption starts to feel too much like a contrived rhetorical sleight of hand.
Now we get to wrestle with The King, a Rorschach test of a documentary that bombards the viewer with wildly conflicting takes on the meaning of Elvis Presley in American life.
That's the most accurate picture of America that this American can imagine: a land of competing narratives, where the only thing everyone can agree on is that lots of stuff has gone wrong, even if we can't agree on exactly what that stuff is.
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