3000 Miles to Graceland | Chicago Reader

3000 Miles to Graceland

Glitz is the order of the day in scenes whose erratic photography and editing reflect their content: the elaborate armed robbery of a Las Vegas casino. It's been planned to the last detail, but everything goes wrong—the brains of the operation, seasoned outlaws Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner, have been saddled with a gang of wannabes. The misogynist joke telling in this western is too contrived to be shocking, but when someone makes fun of Elvis, Costner, a dark yet cartoony narcissist who reveres the King, is deeply offended. At first Costner seems to distrust the hokey character he plays, but his performance and the movie's slanted humor, rash melodrama, and ludicrous action soon become riveting. Also playing their roles with splendid conviction are Russell, as an amazingly earnest cynic, and Courteney Cox, as a wily hysteric who's out to domesticate him. Richard Recco wrote the screenplay with director Demian Lichtenstein. 125 min.

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