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Hollywood elders spend afternoon with ‘Elvis’

Hollywood Elder Services organized a trip to Coconut Creek to see a private screening of the “Elvis” movie June 28. (Photo Calvin Tiger)

COCONUT CREEK — A private screening for the newly released “Elvis” movie was on display for 16 Hollywood tribal elders at Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek on June 28.

After seeing a preview of the movie, Elizabeth Bridon, Hollywood Elder Services site manager, came up with the idea to offer the early afternoon trip to the elders.

Austin Butler portrays Elvis Presley alongside Tom Hanks, who depicts Presley’s shrewd manager Col. Tom Parker. The biographical musical drama focuses on Presley’s musical journey starting from his younger years where he first meets Parker. The movie starts with Parker’s point of view while he is on his deathbed narrating the events of how he and Presley first met. Working in carnivals with entertainers, Parker was familiar with identifying talent and charisma. It is at this point where Parker hears a young Presley over the radio and was immediately hooked on his musical talent.

As the future king of rock-and-roll gathers new fans, some of the public did not care for his onstage antics. Parents were concerned his music’s influence on younger audiences. During that time, Presley was attacked in the media by racist politicians for his involvement with Black musicians. It was around this time an incident occurred at one of Presley’s live performances that nearly led to a jail sentence. Parker was able to negotiate on Presley’s behalf with the government for him to serve a two-year stint in the military instead of facing a jail sentence.

While stationed in Germany during his military service, Presley met his future wife, Priscilla Presley. After the completion of his military duty, Presley returned stateside and became more politically outspoken over the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy.

The relationship between Parker and Presley started to unravel when Presley wanted to do a world tour and Parker had other interests for him. Parker locked Presley into a multiyear contract at a Las Vegas hotel. The film depicts that Parker had his own intentions for himself over what Presley wanted to ultimately do. Presley’s life headed to a downward spiral of negative events from being under the influence of narcotics and having multiple affairs. Elvis and his wife would eventually split due his drug addiction and she left with their daughter, Lisa Marie. Following their split, the star’s addiction would maintain a tight grip over his life which resulted in his death at age 42.

The movie was well received by the group from Hollywood. For some, such as Adam Osceola, it served as a trip down memory lane. Osceola recalled watching Presley on TV when he was younger. For others, such as Joe Osceola Jr., the film provided a learning experience.

“I never knew about the management side about Elvis,” Osceola Jr. said.

Similar to the group’s sentiments, the movie has received mostly positive reviews from the pros. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott stated the movie “lurches and wobbles,” but added “It’s a musical, and the music is great.” The Guardian described it as a “blistering, turbocharged chronicle of the King.” The film, which lasts more than two and a half hours, has a 94% favorable score with audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Austin Butler stars in the movie “Elvis,” which details the rise and fall of the star. (Warner Bros.)
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Calvin Tiger is an intern/reporter for the Seminole Tribune. He has worked with the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2013. He has a passion for automotive journalism. Send him an email at calvintiger@semtribe.com or call him at (954) 985-5701, ext. 10739.
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