Reviews

Dec 14, 2019
Way too ambitious for its own good.
Dec 14, 2019
I liked this film. This is kind of a rare documentary ride along.
Sep 6, 2018
It's all rather random, but never dull.
Aug 26, 2018
The King: Elvis and the broken American mythology
Aug 26, 2018
[A] wildly ambitious but not entirely successful documentary.
Aug 24, 2018
You'll be intrigued. You will not be bored. But you probably won't be convinced.
Aug 23, 2018
Just when we thought it was impossible to say something new about Elvis Presley, documentary film-maker Eugene Jarecki pulls it off...
Aug 23, 2018
An ambitious state-of-the-nation vehicle that sometimes veers off-course.
Aug 22, 2018
The King is exhilarating because it doesn't do "truth". It does Tom Wolfe-style free association and play of ideas, of which surely the best is that the King was King Kong reborn.
Aug 22, 2018
[Director Eugene] Jarecki combines probing and provocative analysis of US culture with a more conventional account of Presley's musical career.
Jul 27, 2018
The insistence may inspire a furrowed brow here, a rolled eye there, and a shaken fist or knowing nod over yonder, but there's enough earnest comment and good music to make the effort worth seeing and chewing over.
Jul 19, 2018
Few directors have Jarecki's skill for pulling a massive stack of disparate themes - race, celebrity, power, wealth, drug addiction, poverty, militarism - into one coherent narrative.
Jul 13, 2018
Provocative and at times unwieldy, The King is something of a stoned CNN Special Report on wheels.
Jul 12, 2018
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki does something rather unusual with The King, which becomes something extraordinary and insightful.
Jul 12, 2018
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.
Jun 28, 2018
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.
Jun 26, 2018
...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...
Jun 24, 2018
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.
Jun 24, 2018
It's hard to pinpoint exactly when Eugene Jarecki's one-of-a-kind doc on the rise and fall of Elvis turns into a metaphor for Trump's America, but when it happens - kapow!
Jun 22, 2018
What carries us through this mad experiment is a sense of commonality through the oral tradition, a reminder that Elvis's story is one of our shared myths.