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Elvis fans form long line at Old Mill Playhouse for first look at new biopic

Villager Melissa Flores came to see the Elvis movie Thursday with her special hat and shirt as she holds here ticket
Villager Melissa Flores came to see the Elvis movie Thursday with her special hat and shirt as she holds here ticket.

Elvis fans shook up The Old Mill Playhouse in The Villages Thursday for a preview of the biopic “Elvis.”

“I’m here because of Elvis; I love his music,” said Villager Melissa Flores.
She was sporting a rhinestone Elvis hat and black. TCB shirt. A sellout crowd stood in line for nearly a half hour waiting to get in.
“Elvis was so exciting and I hope this movie is the same way,” Flores said.
The movie, which opens nationwide Friday, has earned mixed reviews, although Austin Butler as Elvis, has garnered raves.
“He is special; so good-looking and, like Elvis, dominates the stage,” said Villager Angie Rice. “He can dance and he captures Elvis’ personality. He made this movie special.”
Flores agreed and added, “Elvis had it all: looks, the voice and charisma.”
Villager Angie Rice has some popcorn while watching the Elvis biopic.
Villager Angie Rice has some popcorn while watching the Elvis biopic.

Rice said there is a “gaudy”  quality to Elvis and believes Butler conveyed the same image and is so “sexy” as the young Elvis.

You can read Tony Violanti’s review of the movie at this link: Director Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ a chaotic look at life of musical trailblazer

“I really like that kid,” Rice said.
The movie, though, wasn’t up to Butler’s performance, Rice said.”I thought the beginning was very chaotic,” she added. “The middle was sort of boring but it was really good at the end.”
Not everyone wanted to see Elvis.
“I’m not really a fan,” Joe Flores said. “I’m here to make Melissa happy.”
Tony Violanti covers entertainment for Villages-News.com.

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