Thursday, April 21, 2016

Elvis & Nixon Movie Review

Michael Shannon & Kevin Spacey (r) star in Elvis & Nixon

Undercover Rock 'n Roller

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. The untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Directed by Liza Johnson. Stars Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer and Colin Hanks.

Spacey's Nixon asks, "Who the fuck set this up?" Whoever did, deserves a (big) raise. Elvis & Nixon takes over Best Movie of 2016 honors (so far) thanks to authentic/spectacular performances from Shannon & Spacey, and one of the greatest stories never told. Nothing beats real-life, and few people can replicate "The King," but Shannon matches the real Elvis, stride for stride in his pursuit of happiness/life... and the title of "Federal Agent at Large." It clocks in at a mere 86 minutes, and almost every one is perfect. "I prayed this day (movie) would come." Me too.

Grade: A-