Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A fictionalized account of what led up to the meeting between Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon
My Take on it – As a fan of the history of the Presidency, I was a bit intrigued by the premise of this film.
Unfortunately, it’s an extremely weird film that gets weirder and weirder as it goes on.
What makes it a bit interesting tho are the amazing performances by Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey who both do unbelievable impressions of Elvis and Nixon.
The fact that the rest of it all seems and feels so absurd shows that besides these two recreations of legends, this film doesn’t have much to offer us.
The premise truly feels like more of a gimmick (or joke) than a real event and the question remains as to whether this film is even close to the truth or just a wild fantasy that is so far from the real events that occurred.
I guess we’ll never know….
Bottom Line – Very weird movie that has some great performances that help make it watchable. Shannon and Spacey are both superb as the main characters, but this film has little to offer besides that because it just seems so absurd. The premise feels more like a gimmick than a real event.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the scene where Elvis is watching multiple TVs at Graceland, director Liza Johnson wanted to reflect the cultural forces at work on Elvis such as the left youth culture and anti-war culture. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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