3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) (part 3 of 8)

We go from Cybil’s bedroom to a montage of Michael getting dressed up as Elvis, which is a scene Kurt Russell probably wanted to do take after take on. Not for any perfectionist, pseudo-method acting reasons, but because he’s always come across as a big Elvis fan in my opinion.

3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) (part 3 of 8)

“Man, John Carpenter is gonna kill me.”

Anyhow, our wonderful director once again destroys any goodwill we might have fostered (though I must admit my reserves were seriously depleted after that first sex scene) by adding flash frames for no reason, and framing Michael’s exit so horribly that it looks like they shot it by laying the camera on its side and yelling “Action!” However, Russell does get to do his Elvis imitation in this scene as he looks in the mirror.

Michael: Time to go to work, baby. Let’s do it.

There’s more under-cranked driving footage as we get a ridiculously long establishing montage of Vegas. We see virtually every inch of the city in annoying flash cuts, with sped-up footage that gives me a splitting headache. Hmm, I get the feeling we’re in Las Vegas.

3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) (part 3 of 8)

Framing? We don’t need no stinking framing!

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)

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