Elvis movie streaming: Where to watch the film in the UK and US
Are you ready for some Rock 'n' Roll viewing?
The Elvis movie is now streaming on both sides of the pond - here's where you can watch it in the UK and US.
After making over $250 million at the box office, Elvis has been officially awarded the title of the second-biggest biopic of all time after Bohemian Rhapsody. The fast-paced Baz Luhrmann biopic explores the life and legacy of the King of Rock and Roll and has left audiences wanting to know more about his life, including whether Elvis really fired the Colonel on stage. Starring Austin Butler as Elvis, the 30-year-old puts on a more than impressive embodiment of Presley, one he admits he's found hard to shake off post-filming.
The film has enjoyed rave reviews, with lead Austin Butler recognised in The Oscarsand most recently picking up a Golden Globe and 2023 BAFTA for the role this year. Much like Everything, Everywhere All at Once, there's plenty of buzz around this movie, so if you haven't had a chance to catch it yet, grab the popcorn and a tissue and swat up on these Elvis movie streaming instructions.
How to stream the Elvis movie in the UK
The Elvis movie is currently available to rent via Amazon Prime and Apple TV for £4.99 or Sky Cinema for £5.49. After purchasing your rental, you'll then have 48 hours to watch it in.
All three streaming services also give you the option of buying the film to keep and watch for as many times as you like. Whether you choose to buy it via Prime, Apple TV or the Sky store - the price is £8.99.
If you need a taste of what Elvis has to offer, check out the official trailer.
How to stream the Elvis movie in the US
Elvis is available on demand for free via HBO Max. You can also rent Elvis to watch on Amazon Prime and Google Play for $5.99. You can additionally own and keep Elvis on both sites for $19.99.
If you don't have a HBO subscription but want to watch it for free you can sign up to HBO Max via their website for a free 7-day trial on a phone or computer. You can also download a HBO Max app for iPhone and Android phones which will let you sign up too. After your free trial expires, prices to continue your subscription start from $14.99 a month and include access to all HBO movies and series.
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How long is the Elvis movie?
The Elvis movie is 2 hours and 39 minutes long. The biopic was initially even longer - at 240 minutes - but director Baz Luhrmann cut out some significant scenes to keep the film a watchable length.
Luhrmann told Radio Times that among the scenes he removed from Elvis were the singer's highly publicised 1970 meeting with President Richard Nixon and a lot of the scenes that saw Elvis interact with his band.
So many scenes were cut in fact, that Luhrmann has actually edited a 4-hour directors cut of the film. He told Radio Times, “I mean, I have a four-hour version, actually. I do. But you have to bring it down to 2 hours 30…I would have liked to lean into some of the other things more – there’s so much more.
"I mean, there’s lots of stuff that I shot like the relationship with the band, I had to pare [that] down – and it’s so interesting how the Colonel [Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks] gets rid of them."
Elvis movies: Reviews
Reviews for Elvis started pouring in even before it's official release as the biopic premiered at the Cannes film festival on the 25th of May 2022, receiving a 12-minute standing ovation.
Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 78% on their Tomatometer, stating "Baz Luhrmann's dazzling energy and style [was] perfectly complemented by Austin Butler's outstanding lead performance."
Elvis: Family reaction
Prior to Elvis' world premiere at Cannes, the movie earned dazzling reviews from the people most important to the films subject; Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, and granddaughter Riley Keough.
Lisa Marie called the film “nothing short of spectacular,” telling Variety, “Austin channeled and embodied my father’s heart and soul beautifully. In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and finally done accurately and respectfully. If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I will eat my own foot.”
Keough also told Variety that she started crying within the first five minutes of watching Elvis, adding: “I could feel how much work Baz and Austin put into trying to get it right. That made me emotional immediately.
"I felt honoured they worked so hard to really get his essence, to feel his essence. Austin captured that so beautifully.”
Elvis: Fan reaction
The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is a whopping 94%, with fans summing up the film saying, "Like the man himself, Elvis delivers dazzling, crowd-pleasing entertainment that provokes a wide range of emotions."
One fan took to Twitter to comment on the increased interest in Elvis among the younger generation, "I find it so funny when people complain about Gen Z becoming Elvis fans 'just because of the movie' like what do you think one of the most famous directors in Hollywood was hired to make this biopic for if not to create something that would attract more fans?"
Even those who were originally unsure or uninterested in the film quickly came around after watching the bio-pic, not least because of it's starring man. As one Twitter user said, "I was expecting to hate the Elvis biopic but ended up developing a crush on Austin Butler - send prayers."
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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for Goodto.com. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.
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