MARTY FRIEDMAN, Self-Proclaimed ELVIS PRESLEY ‘Maniac’, Praises New Biopic

Marty Friedman has praised the brand new biopic of Elvis Presley, calling it “the be-all-end-all film” in regards to the iconic singer.

The 59-year-old former MEGADETH guitarist, who says he is been “an Elvis maniac” for the reason that age of six, supplied his opinion of Baz Luhrmann‘s biopic, by which Tom Hanks stars because the singer’s supervisor, in a social media put up on Friday (June 17).

He wrote: “Lengthy ‘ELVIS the film’ rant forward…you’ve got been severely warned…proceed at your individual threat

“Except for household in fact, the one fixed that has continued by way of the overwhelming majority of my life to this point is Elvis. A number of you great of us in right here understand how a lot of a fan I’m, however for individuals who do not. I am a world class otaku with regards to something Elvis. I’ve over 1000 totally different vinyl information of his from all around the globe, from distant international locations on each continent aside from Antarctica.

“In fact I’ve all of his films and specials on DVD, learn all of the Elvis books from the incredible to the moronic, and have seen each Elvis associated bio, be it a film, a documentary or TV sequence, a number of occasions. I introduced a few of my Elvis assortment onto the Japanese TV model of ‘Antiques Roadshow’. I am not a spiritual man, however the closest factor I’ve to a spiritual presence in my life is the best way I really feel in direction of Elvis which is totally totally different from all of my different favourite artists.

“So that you get it, I am a fan. So that you would possibly assume I am biased about this new Elvis film.

“There have been many Elvis biopics and I loved all of them rather a lot. However nothing might have ready me for this one, and the way it totally destroyed each one I had ever seen earlier than. Do not get me incorrect, the others had been very effectively carried out and prime class productions all the best way. However this one is in such a unique world that it obliterated its predecessors so violently, it is made me envision a stadium class band displaying up at a highschool battle of the bands contest to the shock of all witnessing it.

“My expectations had been excessive as a result of I heard Lisa Marie give it huge reward and Tom Hanks has a stable report of being related to hits. Nonetheless what number of occasions do I have to see the identical story I’ve seen numerous occasions already? The filmmakers managed to inform the story everyone knows and love with a lot recent creativity, great fashionable sense and from such a recent angle that even a jaded Elvis maniac like myself felt like I used to be seeing all the pieces for the very first time.

“In any film (or any leisure car) there are 1000’s, if not thousands and thousands of tiny selections to make in its manufacturing. It appeared that each alternative on this film was effectively thought out and executed with deep love and respect of Elvis‘ music and of Elvis the human. It was an enormous deal with to look ahead to what was coming subsequent in each scene.

Elvis has suffered probably the most disgusting posthumous ‘duet mashups’ possible, not the least of which being the legal pairing with Celine Dion. Most others have been nearly as heinous, however some have been fairly good too. Once I noticed ‘Viva Elvis’ on stage in Las Vegas, the ‘duet mashups’ in that present had been backbone tingling and delightful, created with love of Elvis as prime precedence somewhat than simply showcasing the hits everybody is aware of. So in ‘Elvis the Film’, when the opening sequence (!?) began with a jaw dropping and haunting remodeling of a really deep lower from the hardly recognized ‘It Occurred At The World’s Truthful’ soundtrack, I knew this was no money seize biopic. The opening sequence! Not ‘Hound Canine’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ or ‘All Shook Up’, however they went with ‘Cotton Sweet Land’, (!!) which was a throwaway tune from a film scene the place Elvis sings it as a fast lullaby to a 6 12 months previous woman. How they reworked this lame little ditty from 1963 into such a robust opening for a blockbuster movie in 2022, was so unimaginable that I knew from that second that I wanted to strap myself in for what could come subsequent. The complete 2 hours and 39 minutes of the movie was at that very same stage of ingenuity and the storytelling side was so recent and entertaining, that I did not need it to finish. I shed tears at a number of factors within the movie, not solely due to the content material of the story, however in lots of cases due to the completely beautiful performances and inventive new methods to interpret the Elvis songs I’ve heard my complete life. That is coming from a man who often abhors anybody messing with Elvis music. The music on this film and the way it tells the story is out of this world. I am fairly drained after watching it, really. I hardly ever sit nonetheless for that lengthy, however I used to be glued to each body of this film. My bony ass hurts.

“I am so curious to what individuals will say about this film, Elvis followers or not. Please let me know your ideas within the feedback. I hope I did not spoil any of it for you, or get your hopes up too excessive. Perhaps I simply liked it as a result of I am an Elvis maniac since I used to be 6. Perhaps a non-Elvis fan might imagine in any other case.

“Both method, I am unable to bear in mind being this impressed by a film, so if you’re on the fence about seeing ‘yet another Elvis biopic’, relaxation assured, you ain’t seen nothing but. Except they make a brand new film documenting the truth that he’s really nonetheless alive, that is, and can doubtless at all times be, the be all, finish all film about Elvis.”

“Elvis” debuted on the Cannes Movie Competition final month. The movie chronicles Elvis‘s “rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, in opposition to the backdrop of the evolving cultural panorama and the lack of innocence in America,” in accordance with Warner Bros.

Throughout a press occasion earlier this 12 months, Luhrmann mentioned he was impressed to make a film about Presley as a result of “musical icons in my life that had been so necessary to me.”

“Elvis” hits theaters on June 24.

Lengthy “ELVIS the film” rant forward…you’ve got been severely warned…proceed at your individual threat

Except for household in fact,…

Posted by Marty Friedman on Friday, June 17, 2022

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