Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB

USA, 1966Story by , Screenplay by Allan Weiss, Cinematography by Produced by Music by Production Design by , Costume Design by Film Editing by .

Elvis Presley tries to recapture the success of Blue Hawaii, at the time his biggest ever hit at the box office, by returning to the Aloha state for another romantic adventure. The first film wasn’t exactly a masterpiece, its popularity was likely because of the star’s beauty, the terrific soundtrack and the brightly colourful cinematography, so to say that this one falters greatly by comparison is an indication of just how poor an effort it is. Presley is already starting to show the physical decline that would become more obvious by the seventies, he’s gorgeous and amiable but also a bit soft and his energy is confused, and the songs compiled for him to sing are rarely memorable. The plot, about a pilot who starts a helicopter service with his best friend but can’t straighten up and fly right, is a messy collection of excuses for him to get fresh with girls or cause trouble for stuck-up snobs, but he has a cute relationship with his business partner’s little daughter () that provides the most charming scenes. Like most of Elvis’s films, this one’s for fans only.

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