Entertainment ‘The King’ review: Unique biography of Elvis Presley Mike Coykendall, left, and M. Ward in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce in "The King." Photo Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories / David Kuhn By Robert Levin email@example.com @rlevin85 Updated June 21, 2018 8:48 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The KingDocumentary directed by Eugene JareckiRated RPlaying at IFC Center and Landmark at 57 West There’s a moment in “The King,” the new documentary from Eugene Jarecki, where the veteran filmmaker admits that he has no real idea what he’s trying to do with the movie. It’s a thrilling bit of introspection that also speaks to the quality that makes this such a special experience. The film is an essay in cinematic form, a journey without a clear destination, a biographical study that achieves the noteworthy result of contextualizing one of the most famous and well-documented American lives in an entirely new and relevant way. Jarecki drives around the South and other locations that played a big role in Elvis Presley’s life, in the icon’s 1963 Rolls-Royce. He welcomes musicians who perform in its backseat, interviews residents of the icon’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, and elsewhere. He mixes in a wealth of historical footage and lovely scenery, too, and comes away with an impressionistic epic that uses the story of the man who has come to be seen as synonymous with the U.S. itself as representative of nothing short of the American soul in its most complex and contradictory form. By Robert Levin firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.