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Weak, right from the beginning. These movies Elvis was thrown into by the "Colonel" fail to showcase his talent. Ann Margret cannot showcase her skills due to the insipid plot.
Elvis Presley vehicle benefits from Ann-Margret's energetic singing and dancing in an otherwise formulaic MGM musical directed by George Sidney; peppy score includes "The Lady Loves Me" and the classic title tune.
Summary: This movie is a feel good movie, that is a highlight of the 'Kings' acting career, while not unique its enjoyable to casually watch.
positives; its fun, its not boring, well paced, and got great music.
negatives: its a not a complex plot, typical love story and one awkward scene where Elvis is lip-syncing badly his own song.
I was actually really bored during this. It didn't seem to have a big point or drive, so sadly found it hard to get through
The film has its moments of charm and delight, but ultimately falls flat on too many levels. The music was exceptional
It's a musical/love story(heavy on the musical, not much of a love story really) that doesn't really have much to do with Las Vegas other than it just happens to be the setting. The two main characters are essentially unlikeable. Elvis plays a selfish character who sometimes acts like he geniunely wants Ann-Margret's character(and va-va-va VOOM is she smokin!) and other times he's only interested about winning a singing competition or getting his car fixed for the race. Plus he's a bit of a dick too. The race scene at the end made up for all the singing as it was pretty damn awesome. The ending was tacked on as hell though, seriously WTF? All in all, meh.. average score at best.
A not entirely well made but like able Elvis film where you saw a rarity ...Elvis completely upstaged by Ann Magaret.
The plot is unbelievably one dimensional basically a race car driver (Elvis) trying to woo Ann Magaret with occasional unesscery musical numbers.
A perfect example of a typical Hollywood Crowd Pleaser that I'm sure will appeal to Elvis Fans. It's fun fast & cheeky.
traditional Elvis movie with great music and pretty girls, great to see how Elvis & Ann-margaret worked together in this movie. Didn't like the quick ending, but, still good overall
This film would never get made today. At least not with intents this transparent. It serves to glorify Elvis Presley and his embodiment. But back in 1964, these types of B-movies were just accepted. Nowadays teen cinema consists of a post-apocalyptic love triangle. Much more realistic. Not quite as blatant.
Elvis plays Lucky, a race car driver who's in Las Vegas to compete in the Vegas Grand Prix. He needs a new engine but is strapped for cash due to contrived reasons. He falls for Rusty (Ann-Margret) who seems to be abruptly against his racing ways.
This movie is all over the place. About halfway through it becomes disjointed, making it obvious what its purpose is. For a pointless, plotless story, it's way too convoluted.
For an 84 minute film, it takes its sweet time, attempting to thin itself out to cover the short runtime. But then, once it realizes it's home free, the story progresses ridiculously fast and things never get resolved.
Elvis and Ann-Margret have undeniable chemistry, but their depth is almost non-existent. Lucky's motivations are unclear, and Rusty goes from a likable, independent worker woman at the beginning of the film to an incompetent bimbo by the end.
The songs and dance numbers are impressively catchy, but that's all this movie is. The few glamorous Las Vegas shots are nice, but there aren't nearly enough in a movie with the city's name in the title. It almost seems like a blown opportunity to make a cool story about gambling or mobsters. Instead, it's about racing--something few of us think of when talking about Vegas.
It's a dated movie, but that's perhaps the best thing this film has to offer. There are some cool shots of the Vegas of yesteryear. There's one in particular showing the front of the Flamingo as it used to be--alone, with nothing on either side. Contrastingly, we get a shot of Fremont Street in all its garish glory--busy and crowded, sans the 1,500 foot canopy movie screen overhead. While watching this, my fiancée turns to me and says, "You used to be able to drive down Fremont Street???" My, how things have changed.
Twizard Rating: 57
My favorite Elvis Presley picture and I think a lot of the film's charm can be credited to Ann-Margret, in only her fourth film appearance. Elvis plays race car driver Lucky Jackson, who moonlights as a waiter at a hotel. At that hotel he meets singer/dancer Margaret and the two begin their flirtatious affair, complete with lots of song and dance numbers and the two facing off in a talent show. The film features an undeniably classic Elvis song and Margaret is probably Elvis' biggest co-star of any of his films. Margaret's wild gyrations are so fun they even rival the King's gyrating hips. Overall, the film is utter fluff, but it is very entertaining fluff that features a very winning couple and a very winning Ann Margaret in particular.