The King (2018)
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Provocative and at times unwieldy, The King is something of a stoned CNN Special Report on wheels.
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki does something rather unusual with The King, which becomes something extraordinary and insightful.
At its best, "The King" is a fever dream of American glory and American weirdness - between which there can be an even thinner line than the one separating love from hate.
With an insistence that borders almost comically on obsession, [director Eugene Jarecki] forces the singer's life into a larger theory of national decline-the American dream is dead, and Elvis is the emblem of its passing.
...the movie does so in painfully simplistic terms, with encyclopedia-style snippets of history, authentically pained but insubstantial musings on "how we got here," and an odd reliance on the comments of celebrities who lack any Presley connection...
So vast it often strains to make connections, but its form-an intricate intersecting montage, a flashcard bombardment of images and clips-keeps the film chugging along, just like Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.
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