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The King (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The King pursues a wildly ambitious thesis through some fairly bumpy territory, but emerges as a provocative and insightful look at modern America.

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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey.

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Way too ambitious for its own good.

December 13, 2019 | Full Review…

I liked this film. This is kind of a rare documentary ride along.

December 13, 2019 | Full Review…

You'll be intrigued. You will not be bored. But you probably won't be convinced.

August 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Just when we thought it was impossible to say something new about Elvis Presley, documentary film-maker Eugene Jarecki pulls it off...

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An ambitious state-of-the-nation vehicle that sometimes veers off-course.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The King is exhilarating because it doesn't do "truth". It does Tom Wolfe-style free association and play of ideas, of which surely the best is that the King was King Kong reborn.

August 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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