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Priscilla - Review (London Film Festival 2023)

Everything A Woman Could Want. 4 / 5



Directed by Sofia Coppola.

When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments.


An opposing companion piece to Baz Luhrmann's Elvis - Priscilla peels back the extravagance of the Presley's public facing lives to show its authentic melancholy origins.


Cailee Spaeny gives a career-defining performance as the titular Priscilla as she attempts to hold on to her innocence as she is swept up in the hurricane of Elvis' life, infatuated with the biggest star in the world showing her endearment. As their two very different lives collide, the Presley way of life consumes all, forcing Priscilla to mature and adapt to her surroundings, often blindly.


Sofia Coppola adapts Priscilla Presley's book "Elvis and Me" with the delicacy it deserves. Not shying away from shining a light on the darker and dominating side of Elvis while letting the impact on Priscilla stand as the central focus. Perfectly representing each side, where Baz Luhrmann's Elvis is bold, loud and energetic like Elvis' career, Sofia Coppola's Priscilla is reserved, slower and closer to truth. Both are great in their own sense but their contrasting presentations will make for a frenzied double bill that ultimately tells a complete story.



Written by Jack Aling Read his latest reviews at: letterboxd.com/TheJackAling

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