Armando Bo's THE LAST ELVIS (El Ultimo Elvis) premiered yesterday at Village Cines Recoleta. John Mc Inerny (Carlos Gutiérrez, an Elvis impersonator in the film) reveals himself not only as a great singer, but as a great actor too.
Fandango: A Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator believing himself to be the King reincarnate wrestles with his uncertain future after reaching the age that his idol died, and being confronted with an unforeseen family tragedy.
By day, Carlos Gutierrez works a monotonous factory job; by night he entertains audiences as the King of Rock and Roll. He's never been much of a father to his impressionable young daughter Lisa Marie, and lately his ex-wife has noticed his obsession with Elvis spinning out of control.
Elvis died at 42, and Carlos as Carlos approaches that momentous birthday, his fatalism grows all consuming. But just as Carlos begins to make a total break from reality, he is faced with a problem he cannot run away from. Now forced to take responsibility for the first time in his life, the absentee father is about to find out where Elvis ends, and Carlos begins.
Rolling Stone: ****½
Variety: Droll and delusional, the title character of "The Last Elvis" will win over plenty of fans to Armando Bo's parable of obsession and denial. John McInerny delivers not only a deft vocal impersonation of the King, but also a dour take on an everyday hombre whose fixation is getting the better of him in this Argentine entry. Pic will skew arthouse, but Elvis fascination runs deep enough to potentially draw hardcore Presley-ites.
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