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The King (2018)

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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey.

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Critic Reviews for The King

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Like the director's other projects, this is intelligent and ambitious, but the cultural insights are too familiar to merit yet another trek through Presley's troubled life.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Two elements - America and Elvis - come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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Sprawling and brilliant.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

May 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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