Elvis & Nixon is the untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalised in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
This is one of those films that is released at the wrong time as it’s overwhelmed by the summer blockbusters that take the majority of audience’s attentions. It’s a shame, though, because audiences miss out on decent films like Elvis & Nixon that will leave you more satisfied then a CGI filled film that will most likely leave you exhaustedly disappointed. That and this is one of the rare films that will grace cinema screens directed by a woman. Female directors are so few and far between, hardly been given the chance to really shine. The call for women behind the camera in a variety of roles has become a growing presence and so it should be because if us women are making films like Elvis & Nixon, more chances should be given.
Director Liza Johnson tells a satirical unknown story of two worlds colliding with a meeting in the famous Oval Office that Kevin Spacey has become comfortable in, especially with his role as Frank Underwood in one of my favourite television shows House of Cards. Although it may be easy to discredit films like Elvis & Nixon, like it is in many cases with films heavy with cheese, but that would be entirely missing the whole point of the film in it’s satirical essence. These two figures that meet couldn’t be more different but the script manages to give them something to talk about and bond over their distaste of The Beatles.
While Spacey has always been a favourite actor of mine, Michael Shannon has grown on me over the years and is a face that is considerably underused as he goes for a re-imagining of Elvis. It’s good to finally see him tackling a little comedy as there is honestly nothing like watching him give a karate demonstration to the President in one of the most recognisable places in America. There’s nothing much to be said about Spacey’s performance he nails Nixon’s persona perfectly. With the addition of Johnny Knoxville, who I’ve only seen in those idiotically funny Jackass films and it’s preceding MTV television show, was somewhat genius as he adds to the humour of the film.
Although it’s a bit of a silly film, it’s hardly make you cringe like a lot of comedies nowadays. It’s good to finally get a somewhat smart comedy. So to the creators of this film, both on screen and off, I’d like to say…”thank you, thank you very much.”