Priscilla Review: Sofia Coppola Dares to Illuminate the Unseen Side of Elvis Ignored by Fans
“Why the Movie Starring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi Is the Version of Elvis We Needed to See”
Sofia Coppola’s “Priscilla,” featuring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, transforms what could have been perceived as a fairytale love story into a compelling exploration of why Priscilla Presley found it essential to carve out her own journey, distinct from Elvis.
Initially crossing paths at a house party, Priscilla’s admiration for Elvis evolves into a more romantic connection, prompting Elvis to gradually open up about his personal life.
Upon their return to the U.S., with Elvis settling in Memphis and Priscilla at her family home in Texas, the couple maintains contact. Over time, Priscilla’s parents grant permission for her to move to Memphis, enabling her to complete high school at a private Catholic school while residing at Graceland, ultimately leading to their marriage.
What sets Coppola’s portrayal of Priscilla and Elvis’ relationship apart is its unwavering focus on Priscilla’s perspective, revealing the manipulative facets of Elvis. The film depicts instances such as Elvis offering her a pill during her initial visit to Memphis, controlling her wardrobe choices, and delving into the emotional, and eventually physical, mistreatment in their relationship.
What is ‘Priscilla’ ?
Inspired by the 1985 novel “Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N’ Roll,” Priscilla chronicles the ups and downs of the romantic relationship between the Presleys, beginning when 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu first met the 24-year-old singer in Germany, while he was in the army, in 1959.
Where to watch Priscilla: In theatres Nov. 3
Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Ari Cohen, Dagmara Dominczyk, Tim Post, Lynne Griffin
Runtime: 113 minutes