I remember colors that were bright and cheery, happy endings, laughing and light hearted humor, dancing and singing, cool clothes, problems that were huge, yet handled in a trivial and almost carefree way, lots and lots of pretty girls, and a happy and satisfying movie experience.
Instead, I got colors that were bright and cheery, happy endings, laughing and light hearted humor, dancing and singing, cool clothes, problems that were huge, yet handled in a trivial and almost carefree way, lots and lots of pretty girls. ...and lots of boring.
I'd been meaning to watch me some Elvis for some time now. I have fond memories of them and wanted to feel those feelings again. The complications of modern life (divorce, dating, single fatherhood, not dating, new job, dating, etc.) drove me to want for some simpler things in life.
Elvis seemed good on paper. I even thought it was about time for this genre of movies to make a comeback. Time for some new young star who can sing, dance, and play -- hopefully act -- to pick up where The King left off.
It seems like everyone wants to be a screenwriter, and I'm no different. We all have an idea for the perfect movie, don't we? Well, I've got a ton, and one was a modern day Elvis-style flick. (Big Star to be determined, later.) Hell, I'm not telling you my whole brilliant idea. Cuz I'ma be rich when I write it and sell it to Hollywood! uh huh.
But now, after watching all of these Elvis movies, a big part of me now thinks that the world is too cynical for a new Elvis. The world and it's people (even the young people (especially the young people?)) have moved on from the attitudes and "simple lives" that allowed those movies to be good (or at least fun) back then.
No longer can we go from a gang of mobsters chasing our gang of teens, our teens pausing to win the dance-contest, then back to being on the run while our lead is desperately trying to decide between the two girls that he's fallen for, all while, the elaborate plan of his trusty (read nerdy) sidekick is on track to bring the right help to the right place at just the right time: the big TV Dance Off! That's so 1967...
There's really no good reason for this last picture
I'm curious about what would make up a modern day Elvis-style movie. Light hearted, musical, funny, romance, etc. I really don't think the plot is all that important, it just has to stay out of the way. What would the movie be about? Who could be the star? The new Elvis for this era.