Doe-eyed Dakota Fanning steps away from family fare with this controversial but powerful drama set in rural Alabama, playing a precocious but abused 12-year-old who finds comfort in the music of rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley.
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Despite the negative reviews, actually a pretty decent flick. Slow and melancholy with a blues soundtrack to match. A cast of great actors led by a brilliant Dakota Fanning. Her performance is jittery and raw like an electric spark about to fuse. The brownish yellow hue to the filming gives the movie an overall grimy look which matches the story’s desolate undertone perfectly.