Hawaii seems like an afterthought in Elvis's second island outing. Half the musical numbers take place on boats (including the seasick-making title tune) and half in a Trader Vic's-style nightclub, so there's little good use of the exotic locale. There's little use of that lovable dish Stella Stevens, either, who's relegated to "other woman" duty as Elvis courts bland Laurel Goodwin. Goodwin's a rich girl going incognito, while E.P. is a penniless fisherman who dreams of owning his own boat. You finish the plot. The King is in good voice here, although the songs are fairly weak, with some curious flings at calypso and flamenco mixed in. He comes to shoulder-shaking life for "Return to Sender," a sizzling number that shows how his entire being could be possessed by a musical moment. This movie doesn't have enough of those to boost it into the upper tier of Elvis pictures. --Robert Horton
No complaint with the movie, just the format. This title and "It Happened At the World's Fair" were the only 2 Elvis titles we didn't have. All the other films are available on VHS (at least for now). You can still get these 2 on VHS provided you don't mind plunking down a couple of hundred bucks for a used copy. A little consideration for those of us still stuck with 20th century technology would have been appreciated!
Elvis Presley movies may not be in the same class as "Gone With The Wind " or "Sound Of Music" but they should be looked at as easy light fun with great music and the charasmatic appeal of Elvis .I think some people take themselves way too seriously and cant see these movies for what they are. Pure fun.We will probably never know the real reason why Elvis never tried to tackle a more dramatic role ,as some know it was one of his ambitions. But in the end it doesnt really matter ,does it?. We have what we have and should be happy with the legacy Elvis left behind. Elvis Presley brought joy to billions of people , and still does today. If you dont like Elvis or his music and movies ,then listen or watch something that you do like.