January 8, 2014
Movie Night: It Happened at the World's Fair.
Review #523: It Happened at the World's Fair.
Elvis Presley (Mike Edwards), Joan O'Brien (Diane Warren), Gary Lockwood (Danny Burke), Vicky Tiu (Sue-Lin), Yvonne Craig (Dorothy Johnson), H. M. Wynant (Vince Bradley), and Kam Tong (Walter Ling) Directed by Norman Taurog.
To begin with, today is what would've been Elvis Presley's 79th Birthday, so I decided to watch one of his movies. And...here it is. It's hard to say much about this film. Why? It's just not...interesting to talk about. Granted, the fact it was filmed in Seattle on the site of the Century 21 Exposition is certainly noteworthy (to me anyways), and the film at least takes some of its time to show off Seattle (Such as the Seattle Center, the Monorail and my favorite, the Space Needle), which is nice. Then...there's the film itself. The story isn't really interesting and while Elvis tries to spruce up the film, he can't save the movie, neither can his supporting cast. It's a mediocre film that seems to distract you more with Elvis' singing (and Elvis does at least try to sing well) then entertain with story. Is it a bad film? No, but it isn't any good either. If you really want to see some Elvis films, I'd probably stick to Jailhouse Rock (#327) instead. Happy Birthday, Elvis.
Overall, I give it 5 out of 10 stars.