Presley in Blue Hawaii
Gates (Elvis Presley) has been serving his country (in his previous
movie GI Blues - and, of course, in real life too) and has just
flown back to picture postcard perfect Hawaii with his centre fold
perfect model girlfriend Maile Duval (Joan Blackman) waiting for
him at the airport.
Daddy's rich, he's good looking, he's got a great girlfriend, he's
got a shack by the sea, the only cloud on the horizon is THE
WORLD'S MOST ANNOYING MOTHER, played by Angela Lansbury,
and then, later on in the movie, you come across his employer at
the Travel Agency and you realise that somewhere in this movie was
when Elvis movies started to go all wrong...
our panel of critics thought
did me some checking on the internet and got me a scandal... Angela
Lansbury was born in 1925, Elvis Presley was born in 1935. That means
that in 1961, when this movie was made, Elvis Presley was 26, and
Angela Lansbury, who played his mother, was 36."
this the last of the good, or the first of the bad Elvis movies?
Watch closely and you can see the fusion taking place."
great thing with Elvis is that no matter what kind of stupid useless
dopey drippy situation or characters they put him with he comes
out of it with a smile."
of my favourites, although it's such a sad moment when Elvis sings
'Can't help falling in love [with you]' to a 78 year old grandmother
- although singing 'Hound Dog' to that floppy eared dog in a top
hat on TV came close."
has never been more buff."
Please tell me the ending
and Chad marry in picture postcard perfect Hawaiian marriage on
a slow boat down a river which is glasslike.
Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review
wisdom says that this is the first of the bad Elvis movies, and
it's hard to dispute that. However it is enjoyably bad, with some
very good moments, saved by 26 year old Elvis and the scenery. Audiences
around the world had just seen G I Blues which was quite good, and,
before that, Jailhouse Rock which the same common wisdom says is
probably Elvis's best movie. After Blue Hawaii watch Elvis movies
at your peril.
movie is woefully let down by the Angela Lansbury mother character,
and the Travel Agent manager. However Elvis is so good the brown
stuff just drips off him leaving no mark and you can't help loving
him even more.
was almost always true to you."
you think you can satisfy a school teacher and four teenage girls?"
about a fight he had just got into and was jailed for punching a
guy in the face: "Till someone shoved his face against my hand."
fantastic scenery, some excellent songs and a few hilariously dumb
Elvis movie numbers. The Angela Lansbury character is atrocious
and the travel agent manager is idiotic, but apart from that this
movie has much to recommend in it.
debate amongst Elvis fans as to whether this is the first bad Elvis
movie, or the last good one, will run and run. It has elements of
is a fun outing and it is quite amazing how Elvis gives a form of
credibility to what is, at times, a truly awful screenplay.
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