Elvis Presley: The Searcher lets viewers appreciate Elvis fully anew
Source: The Washington Post
The HBO documentary has Elvis Presley "brought down from his lofty and lunatic afterlife as an icon, reminding us that he was once just a man," says Hank Stuever. He adds: "With a raft of producers that includes Priscilla Presley, director Thom Zimny’s insightful and stirring 3½ -hour HBO documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher (premiering Saturday), is a fine demonstration of how the passage of time can help place even the biggest and most overloved superstars into a blessed relief. The film is a calm and deeply empathetic recounting of Presley’s life, split in two. The first half takes us up to 1960 and his career-interrupting military service; the second half is, well, the rest of Elvis: movie star, obsessive workhorse, sweat-drenched showman, tragic figure."