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Movie Review: Priscilla

The story follows the life of Elvis and Priscilla Presley from their first meeting in 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Based on the book Elvis and Me by Priscilla it is also executive produced by her. 

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The  underlying story is fascinating, particularly the fact that Elvis began courting Priscilla when she was just 14 years old. The film isn’t kind to the king of rock, but Jacob Elordi plays him so well, its hard not to have some sympathy for the singer even if he comes off as a spoilt and at times irrational man. Cailee Spaeny is very well cast as Priscilla and all the other actors give believable performances. 

Unfortunately despite the iconic and historical significance of the story and our fascination with it, the pacing of the film means it is slow and very dull. It is clearly intended to show the desperation and loneliness Priscilla felt and the inconsistent attention Elvis gave her, but it just doesn’t get into gear and hold one’s interest. 

So how did I score it?

Acting  7 /10

Story/Script 5 /10

Cinematography   7 /10

Set/Costumes   7 /10

Entertainment value 6 /10

That gives Priscilla  an average score of   6.4 / 10

PRISCILLA   

Starring:   Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Dagmara Domińczyk

Directed by: Sofia Coppola 

Duration: 113 Minutes

Open in New Zealand – 1st February 2024

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