Elvis: That's the Way It Is


Documentary / Music

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 8 10 2633

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March 21, 2022 at 06:20 PM



Cary Grant as Self
Charo as Self
872.25 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 34 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 10 / 10

Unmissable for fans of The King of Rock and Roll

Elvis Presley was a hugely influential performer with one of the most distinctive singing voices of anybody. 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is' is an acclaimed documentary film for good reason, and better than all of his films he made during the mid-50s-late-60s.

His film career was highly variable as an overall film career with some good ones, some decent ones, some mediocre ones and some bad ones. Elvis' performances in them ranged from good, great even in a few, to clearly disinterested and embarrassed (and in some of his later films who could blame him), even the best ones.

Simply put, for fans of the justly named The King of Rock and Roll, 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is' is unmissable, and even non-fans may find themselves converted. It's cohesively shot and edited, where one gets to properly know Elvis, the band and the audience.

With Elvis himself, he looks great and sounds even better. He looks like a natural on stage, electric with the band and while with a couple of awkward moments which one puts down to nervous energy fun with the audience. The energy levels seen are immense. The backstage stuff is fascinating too and is seeing Elvis in rehearsal.

The quality of the music can't be faulted either, with a mix of his greatest and iconic hits and his newer music. No forgettable at best ones here and no career-low ones either. It's all brilliantly performed all round and there is a real atmosphere with the audience, everybody clearly having a great time without being over the top.

In conclusion, unmissable to sum it up in one word. 10/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

concert film

It's an Elvis Presley documentary which coincides with the release of the album of the same name. It's his comeback era. The first half hour is him preparing for the show and other jam sessions. Then it's the performances in The Elvis Summer Festival at the International Hotel began on August 10, 1970.

Looking at it knowing that he will die in 7 years, one keeps trying to seek out signs of his drug addiction. He is definitely hyper. One can almost assume that he's high. The most obvious takeaway is that he is the center of attention and is probably alone in his world. Alone in the sense that he has no equal other than maybe Colonel Tom Parker. There is no footage of his family or any actual private life. He is the sun, the moon, and the center of this universe. Quite frankly, I love the behind the scene the most although it's fascinating to see a Vegas show with Elvis for a little bit.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"If the songs don't go over, we can do a medley of costumes".

I can't let my appreciation of Elvis Presley's music and career get in the way of this review. The first twenty five minutes or so of rehearsals, fooling around and Elvis falling off his chair a few times seemed a frivolous waste of time. You couldn't even call the rehearsals anything serious because what was shown didn't have Elvis deliver anything in it's entirety, except perhaps his dual rendition of 'Little Sister' riffing into a refrain of the Beatles' 'Get Back'. When the documentary finally got to the actual concert things picked up considerably, but maybe for all the wrong reasons. Looking tanned, healthy and fit, and clad in his signature white jumpsuit, Presley was energized beyond the requirements of his considerable song list, with rushed arrangements of classics like "Hound Dog' and 'Heartbreak Hotel', with his martial art persona very much in evidence and striking an almost embarrassing posture for much of the latter portion of the film. Granted, the concert footage consists of six separate performances over a three day span, so I'm thinking that actually being there one might have experienced a more natural delivery from The King; on screen it just looks like the adrenaline kicked in and Presley had to work off his considerable energy. What was definitely cool was catching some celebrity faces in Las Vegas on hand to catch the opening show, names like Joey Bishop, Cary Grant, Sammy Davis Jr., Juliet Prowse and Norm Crosby. The after show credits showed Elvis greeting some of them and for anyone in attendance I'm sure it had to feel special. But of all the Elvis Presley specials, documentaries and concert films out there, this one doesn't qualify as the definitive one.

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