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‘Elvis’ review: Austin Butler is a great impersonator, but Baz Luhrmann doesn’t capture the complicated King

The first shot of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” isn’t Austin Butler in the titular role, or blue suede shoes: It’s a chintzy gift shop snowman-shaped snow globe, only seen for a moment, before Luhrmann takes us inside the glass of his tragic tale, Rosebud-style.

That’s because the movie is as much about Elvis’ manager, the disgraced Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) — the “snowman” dusting everyone with money — as it is about Elvis. Parker managed Presley for most of his career, was later sued for mismanagement and is likely guilty, the movie declares, of “financial abuse” of the singer.

Parker and his tacky snowglobes, his Elvis Christmas specials, his Vegas residencies and carnival attitude toward art represent everything that the name Elvis has been lampooned for ad…


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