5-Word 365 #273 – Almost Elvis

This is going to be a short one today. That is no reflection on the film, it’s just that I can’t stop coughing and blowing my nose long enough to form a sentence. Tomorrow may be a bit iffy too.

Almost Elvis

I have the flu today.

A documentary following a handful of Elvis impersonators from the regional qualifier in South Bend, Indiana to the Images of Elvis world championship in Memphis, Tennessee. An hour and a half with the King. Lots of him.

This is a fun, entertaining look at the reality of both the talented (and not so talented) amateurs and the seasoned pros on the Elvis circuit. John Paget’s film focuses on two competitors in particular – 15-year-old Quentin Flagg and the more experienced Irv Cass – but plenty of others get their share of screentime.

Almost Elvis is never less than a good time, but Paget doesn’t really go into the motivations of all these thousands of people worldwide who devote so much time and money into impersonating Elvis. Why them? And why Elvis? I imagine those questions would take more than an hour and a half to answer, but it would probably be fun to find out.


  1. mistylayne · October 1, 2012

    Hope you’re feeling better! I’m not a huge Elvis fan (don’t dislike him or anything just am kind eh) so I’ll probably skip this but kudos to you for watching and writing and posting whilst sick!

    • Ryan McNeely · October 1, 2012

      I can’t let a little flu get in the way of a bet; my OCD wouldn’t let me!

Go ahead, punk. Make my day.

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