Baz Luhrmann's Elvis may have been one of the highly anticipated movies of the year but people have been left divided by Tom Hanks' portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's infamous manager. Check out his character here:
At the beginning of the movie we hear Parker say: "There are some who’d make me out to be the villain of this here story."
For Elvis fans, this statement may ring true to the real life Parker, who exploited the rock and roll star.
From the get go, the manager made it known he was only interested in making money, with Elvis being a means of easily pocketing large amounts of cash. Parker even went as far as selling 'I hate Elvis' badges.
While the real Parker is disliked by many, it seems that some people aren't keen on Hanks' version of him either.
The King of Rock and Roll's biopic hit cinemas on Friday and viewers have since flocked to social media to share their thoughts, with some throwing criticism at Hanks.
never walked out of a movie thinking the movie would be better with literally *anyone* besides Tom Hanks in the role, but Elvis managed to do it— Hot Buttered Popcorn (@PopcornHot) June 24, 2022
When someone responded to say that the trailer looked good, a twitter user replied back to explain their reason for their criticism.
They added: "if you like music biopics, it’s fine, it checks all the right boxes but Tom Hanks is trying this incredibly distracting accent that he never gets right in makeup & a fat suit it's like trying to be Johnny Depp in Pirates but simultaneously trying too hard and not hard enough."
if you like music biopics, it’s fine, it checks all the right boxes— Hot Buttered Popcorn (@PopcornHot) June 24, 2022
but Tom Hanks is trying this incredibly distracting accent that he never gets right in makeup & a fat suit
it’s like trying to be Johnny Depp in Pirates but simultaneously trying too hard and not hard enough
It seems the user was not alone, as another twitter user also took aim at Hanks' accent.
For those who don’t realize just how ridiculous Tom Hanks accent is in the new Elvis film, here is a clip of what the actual Colonel Parker sounded like. If Hanks talked in his normal voice, he would have sounded more like the Colonel than he did with his accent! pic.twitter.com/gleyjNbrQa— Aaron (@wildaboutfilm) June 25, 2022
Some people were left confused trying to identify what Hanks' accent was supposed to be.
i cant get over tom hanks in elvis being one of the most bizarre things i’ve ever seen in my life he was doing an accent that nobody on earth has— noopy #LYLESWEEP🐊🧣 (@dyingaliengif) June 27, 2022
For others it seemed the enjoying the movie was simply beyond the realms of possibility as one user said: "i wish i could enjoy the Elvis movie, but tom hanks is legitimately terrible."
Meanwhile another user joked about taking an Oscar away from the actor.
They need to take an oscar away from Tom Hanks for that accent in #ElvisMovie— Christopher D. Duran (@_Duran) June 27, 2022
Despite the criticism of Hanks and his accent, the biopic has otherwise been praised by fans on social media.
ELVIS was a 10/10 movie… Austin Butler WILL win the Best Actor Oscar… Tom Hanks for Best Supporting Actor… i had to stay in my seat as the credits rolled to really take in what i just watched… TEARS WERE SHED!!! Beautiful film, Baz Luhrmann’s best work 👑 #TCB #ELVISMovie pic.twitter.com/BFpS9iGEia— Joey Botello (@j0eybotello) June 25, 2022
I keep hearing how great @austinbutler is in @ElvisPresley movie. I went and saw it last night and I can assure you, he’s not even in it. For 2 hours and 40 min, I saw Elvis. @tomhanks is great. @bazluhrmann is a true artist. The opening hooks you like a drug. pic.twitter.com/WDdrPGmIs5— Steve Byrne (@stevebyrnelive) June 24, 2022
Y’all I’m still processing what I just witnessed, but the performance Austin Butler gave was one of the most extraordinary things I’ve seen. He transformed on screen and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Please please please go watch Elvis!! #ELVISMovie— Lauren Hainer (@lmhainer) June 24, 2022
Hanks' co-star Austin Butler has been praised as the lead role, with film critics stating that his performance perfectly embodies the King.
Since its debut, Elvis has been battling against Top Gun: Maverick for the number one spot.