PRISCILLA – “Is a pastel soaked princess story of a different kind”

Priscilla

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Sofia Coppola (On The Rocks – 2020)

MAIN CAST

• Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla Presley
• Jacob Elordi as Elvis Presley
• Dagmara Domińczyk as Ann Beaulieu
• Raine Monroe Boland and Emily Mitchell as Lisa Marie Presley
• Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll as Alan "Hog Ears"
• Luke Humphrey as Terry West
• Dan Beirne as Joe Esposito
• Dan Abramovici as Jerry Schilling

SYNOPSIS

When teenager Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who's already a meteoric rock 'n' roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, and a gentle best friend.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Sofia Coppola's Priscilla is a pastel soaked princess story of a different kind. And for Coppola, the devil's all in the details. Everything on screen glistens with the period particulars from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Let's just say that the hair, makeup, wardrobe, and production design teams would be best to start prepping some awards show acceptance speeches. And here's hoping our leading lady, Cailee Spaeny, finds herself on the ballot too. In a tender yet discerning performance, Spaeny plays Pricilla to tumultuous perfection - from 14-years-old onward! Of course, you can't do the Priscilla "origin story" without the man himself, Elvis. And while it's not as nuanced and depth full as Austin Butler's turn just one year earlier, Jacob Elordi does more than hold his own. In fact, the performance is so commanding at times, it overpowers Pricilla's presence on occasion. Which, frankly, is actually quite fitting, given how this was the case in the couple's real life. And while their relationship is a toxic one, there remains a genuine heart to it - a love that is palpable. Was the age gap predatory? Coppola doesn't really sway us one way or another (the right call) leaving it up to the viewer. And, in an age where moviegoers bemoan movies pushing the 3-hour mark, this film doesn’t overstay it's welcome, clocking in at around 2-hours. Could there have been more? Sure, but the fitting ending leaves Priscilla right where she needed to be. Ok, now let's do the Lisa Marie Presley biopic next!

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