A grieving Lisa Marie Presley returned to Instagram this week to sing the praises of Baz Luhrmann‘s new film about her father, Elvis Presley.
“I haven’t posted in quite some time because there really isn’t much to say, as I am and will forever be mourning the loss of my son. Navigating through this hideous grief that absolutely destroyed and shattered my heart and my soul into almost nothing has swallowed me whole. Not much else aside from my other 3 children gets my time and attention anymore,” she wrote on Sunday.
Presley’s son Benjamin Keough, whom she shared with ex-husband Danny Keough, died in July 2020 at age 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, per TMZ.
“However, that being said,” the musician continued, “I do want to take a moment to let you know that I have seen Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘Elvis’ twice now, and let me tell you that it is nothing short of spectacular. Absolutely exquisite.” In particular, Presley praised the film’s star Austin Butler for his performance and how he “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, haha.)”
She also highlighted Luhrmann’s “pure love, care, and respect for my father” that could be felt “throughout this beautiful film.” Presley added that this movie “is finally something that myself and my children and their children can be proud of forever. What moved me to tears as well was watching [her children] Riley and Harper, and Finley afterwards, all 3 visibly overwhelmed in the best way possible way, and so filled with pride about their grandfather and his legacy in a way that I have not previously experienced.”
The singer concluded that, watching the movie again, “It breaks my heart that my son isn’t here to see it. He would have absolutely loved it as well. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this film and I hope you love it too. Everyone involved poured their hearts and souls into it, which is evidenced in their performances.”
Presley concluded by singing Luhrmann’s praises one last time, writing, “Baz, your utter genius combined with your love and respect for my father and this project is just so beautiful and so inspiring. I know I’m being repetitive, but I don’t care, Thank you for setting the record straight in such a deeply profound and artistic way.”
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