Bye Bye Birdie (1963)Elvis Presley came along like a tsunami of social change, the strings… More Elvis Presley came along like a tsunami of social change, the strings on the puppets of popular entertainment not simply apparent but worn and frayed as well. Presley was THE proverbial breath of fresh air. And the powers that be were more than nervous, they were rattled down to the roots of hair on their chinny chin chins. The move to send The Pelvis to the army was as calculated as move to defang a monster as ever there was. What remains anymore, beyond the echoes of classic rock internet channels, is this nigh forgotten bit of Americana. Ann Margret steals the show as the girl chosen to lay a kiss on the bull icon immediately before they remove his particulars. Fittingly, music numbers are the highlight here, but nothing dangerous enough to suggest revolution.
24 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes