Monday, November 28, 2016

Elvis & Nixon 2016

     This film is based on the true story of the December 21, 1970 meeting of Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley in the Oval Office of the White House.  Elvis went to one of the gates and delivered a letter to be presented to the President.  At first, the Military didn’t want to deliver the letter but they did.  At first, Nixon didn’t want to meet with Elvis.  Sonny and Jerry were friends and assistants to Elvis.  They asked someone to contact Nixon’s daughter and she pressured her father to get an autograph from Elvis.  They knew how much Elvis wanted this meeting to happen.  The purpose of the visit was for Elvis to get a badge and represent the American government as an underground DEA agent.  Elvis believed drugs were bringing down the youth of America.  The photograph of Elvis and Nixon almost didn’t happen but it is the most requested artifact from the National Archives.
     There are some very funny moments in this film!!  Elvis Presley is a complicated personality haunted his entire life by the death of his twin brother 45 seconds before Elvis was born.  Before the meeting, Elvis is advised on the what to do when he meets Nixon and he goes out of his way to do the opposite of what he was told!!  Nixon doesn’t seem to mind?  Shannon doesn’t look like Elvis but he dresses just like him and he ‘seems’ to be Elvis at all times.  3 ½ (I liked this movie.

86 min, Comedy directed by Liza Johnson with Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, Sky Ferreira, Tracy Letts, Tate Donovan, Ashley Benson, Kamal Angelo Bolden.

Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 76% critic 59% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 3.4* out of 5* with 5227 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Los Angeles, California; Shreveport, Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana (Stan’s Original Donuts).  Elvis Presley was almost 36 at the time of the meeting.  Richard Nixon is almost 38 and both of their birthdays are in January and one day apart, 8 for Presley and 9 for Nixon.

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