ELVIS & NIXON – Rated R

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Starring Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters and Tate Donovan

 “Sometimes TRUTH is stranger than FICTION” ~

The date is December 20th, 1970 – and occupying the same space and time is the KING of Rock and Roll~ Elvis Presley and the 37th President of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon ~ setting the stage fro one of the most outlandish meetings EVER and garnering the most requested photo in U.S. History ~THIS IS ELVIS and NIXON!!

Tired of the anti-establishment groups and their views, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) reaches out to Commander-in-Chief Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) to share his thoughts on what is going to be the downfall of our society in this great nation of ours…

Bound and determined for the President to hear him, and to propose aiding in our countries plight to push forward his conservative views, Presley arrives at the White House to convey this message in person, and to request becoming an Agent at Large to help the FBI in their efforts too…

When this request leads to the most unconventional meeting ever, these two GREAT POWERS seem to form a rather strange bond… and only the walls of the oval office know for sure, exactly what happened when it ALL WENT DOWN…

I give ELVIS & NIXON a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ Spacey is at his finest playing Nixon, and why wouldn’t he be with all the practice he gets playing a President in House of Cards. Shannon is good too, as he has the mannerisms and annunciation down perfectly to play THE KING, although I think with all the Elvis impersonators in the world, we could have secured someone who was a tad bit better looking. The casting of Alex Pettyfer as Elvis’s right-hand man Jerry Schilling and Colin Hanks, Evan Peters and Tate Donovan as All the Presidents men…played into some perfectly played out and funny moments as well. From the first frame to the last, I was mesmerized following these two men through a time and moment that seemed to be so hilarious, so ridiculous, so UNBELIEVABLE…that in the end, it has to TRUE…and from all accounts it was, even though there really is no proof of what ACTUALLY OCCURRED, as Nixon didn’t take up recording meetings until many months later 😉

Kathy Kaiser