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“Priscilla:” Being in Love with a Devil in a Rockstar’s Body

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“Priscilla” is a memorable but tragic love story of Priscilla and Elvis Presley.

Released on Nov. 3, the movie “Priscilla” is actively spreading to all corners of the internet and gaining recognition. In addition to its popularity because of the story, many people know the movie because it was directed by the famous Sofia Coppola. She is known for her films focusing on femininity and specific details usually overlooked in male perspectives, such as girlhood, first love, growing and transformation from a girl to a woman. The movie is fascinating because of its cinematography, character development and story, which will not leave anyone uninterested.

Compared to the film “Elvis,” which was released in 2022, “Priscilla” is a more profound work. Unlike “Elvis,” which is based on an idealized image of Elvis Presley without showing his darker sides, Priscilla tells the story of the life of Priscilla Presley, Presley’s ex-wife. It is in this film that all the flaws of such a legendary rock star as Elvis Presley are shown, and viewers see that not everything was so effortless in this seemingly perfect relationship.

The movie follows the life story of Priscilla Presley and the development of her relationship with Elvis Presley (whom she met when she was 14 and he was 24) – from the first day they met to the end. The plot itself is based on Priscilla Presley’s memoir, “Elvis and Me,” and the creators have done a great job of perfectly conveying the whole vibe of their relationship. The movie is not difficult to watch, and the plot does not cause any headaches. However, during the movie, the viewer builds a particular emotional connection with the main character, and one can almost feel all her anxieties and fears. The film catches attention from the first minute, and, very soon, the viewer is completely involved in the screening, and it becomes challenging to tear the viewers away until they find out what the outcome of this tragic relationship between the main characters will be.

The movie’s cast was excellent, and everyone played their roles masterfully. Actress Cailee Spaeny portrayed Priscilla’s whole nature well and perfectly expressed her inner struggle with herself while in a relationship with Elvis. Jacob Elrodi, who played Elvis Presley, might not present very similar to Presley himself, but his performance was also spectacular as he showed what kind of person the singer was from the point of view of his wife. Priscilla herself was captivated by the performance of these two actors, and Sofia Coppola herself confirmed this by telling EW during a roundtable discussion: “When Priscilla first saw the final movie, the first thing she said was, ‘Cailee really – that’s how I felt. She expressed that. And she couldn’t believe how Jacob’s voice, she said it just sounded just so much like Elvis, so that was so gratifying to hear that from her.”

The movie is beautifully shot, and all the shots look very professional and pleasant to look at from an aesthetic perspective. The vibe of the film and its meaning are well conveyed. The sets, the costumes, the locations, all of it is depicted very neatly and looks realistic; as EW writes, “That attention to detail also extended to the sets. Coppola explains that production designer Tamara Deverell rebuilt parts of Graceland on a soundstage, using the house’s original plans and blueprints to meticulously recreate entire rooms.” Such attention from the director deserves a lot of respect because, as many people know, directors themselves often encounter difficulties with the movie sets.

All in all, this movie is worth watching (and more than once) and perfectly shows all sides and shades of Elvis and Priscilla’s relationship without idealizing it.

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Jane Khyzhniak
Jane Khyzhniak, Entertainment Editor
Hi! My name is Jane and I’m a freshman here at FHS. It’s my first year working as a staff member in The Falconer and in the journalism field in general. I’m a fashion enthusiast who loves good books, jazz music, and art (especially Renaissance era one). In my free time I like to bake, write poetry, and go to galleries.
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  • AnonymousFeb 27, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    Terrible movie!

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    TcFeb 26, 2024 at 8:24 am

    I feel as a young girl with a older man I’m sure she was over powered in the relationship. I’m sure she went through things with this man. His fans only knew him through his music amd movies not as a person. I’m not going to take away from her feelings or how she was treated. Us as women should know what wanting to feel loved and having to endure some bad to have those comforts.

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    Gloria WhittenFeb 25, 2024 at 2:23 am

    I believe that if Elvis was this bad and mean, we would have heard about it a long time ago. Everyone else that knew him personally all thought he was a great man, polite, had a big heart, cared for everyone he met, giving person, big heart! Money was made from this movie, Priscilla. The more tragic the movie, the more interest which equals more money. If he was so bad how come Priscilla has lived and made money off of his name and estate, became popular in Hollywood because she was married to Elvis; to the point that she was allowed to act simply, because she was Elvis wife! Elvis is the greatest entertainer there ever was. He had no cartographer, no music instructor, no trainer, or acting coach. He did it all on his own! He was talented, intelligent, driven, and naturally beautiful!

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    CandyFeb 20, 2024 at 2:57 am

    I noticed Priscilla didn’t move this movie out until Lisa passed away,Lisa would have never agreed with any of this.I think Priscilla is all about the money never about Elvis’s reputation,let it go he’s been gone along time now,if he was so bad how come she wants to be buried next to him?She also fighting over Lisa’s rights to sign over everything to her kids,she’s no good!just my opinion!!!

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    WandaFeb 18, 2024 at 4:48 pm

    Elvis was no devil. Time for you to stop trying to make him out as one, Prissy. You’ve spouted that for far too long. Karma, and God, WILL get their revenge sooner or later.

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    Deborah TimmermanFeb 17, 2024 at 8:12 pm

    Please let Elvis rest in peace he deserves that.

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  • AnonymousFeb 17, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    I can’t wait to see it! Been wanting to see it for some time now! When is it coming out?

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    LT ROBERT T JEFFCOAT SRFeb 17, 2024 at 8:33 am

    For this woman to have been tortured so by Elvis, why won’t she just move on and leave his legacy alone?
    She wants to replace Elvis, (hence her one name movie, Priscilla) She is out of Graceland, thank God, and she can’t stand it. So she wants to destroy Elvis’ name and hopefully discourage people from going to Graceland. She still wants to be buried beside this person who abused her to no end. Without Elvis, she would be nothing. So shut up Priscilla and move on.

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  • AnonymousFeb 15, 2024 at 7:21 pm

    Really want to see this when are they going to stream on tv

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    Lenore GannFeb 8, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    Yes I really enjoyed it. Rip Elvis, Lisa, and
    Her son. Sad he died so young

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    Jeannie howatFeb 6, 2024 at 8:40 pm

    Let Elvis rest Priscilla.

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