This was part two of my double feature today. I had heard about this film while reading IMDb, but I saw no advertising campaign on TV or in theaters, but the cast was great, so I was intrigued. I had to seek out the trailer online to watch it. After watching it, I was even more excited as the movie looked very enjoyable.
The film was very enjoyable indeed. The writing was sharp and witty, with a good balance of homages to the King and political satire. The film was very interesting, and even though I know many elements were fictionalized, somewhat believable, as the plot was based on character traits of the involved parties. The production value was also solid.
The acting of the film is its biggest draw. Michael Shannon is phenomenal as Elvis, as is Kevin Spacey as Nixon. They may not look like their real-life counterparts, but they capture their personalities well. Michael Shannon is by far one of my favorite actors, and he delivers in this film. Usually, he is notable for his eerie, mysterious qualities, but in this film, he shows his range. Kevin Spacey also does very well in his role as the "straight guy", but still adds humor nonetheless. Evan Peters and Colin Hanks are the two big surprises here. They are both funny and natural in their roles, delivering some of the funnier moments in the film. Alex Pettier and Johnny Knoxville are also great in supporting roles.
So "Elvis & Nixon" was an extremely satisfying movie to me. I loved it. It's a shame that so few people have heard of it and it has received such a small release. This being an Amazon Studios film, however, maybe it will be able to find an audience when on Prime.
Elvis & Nixon
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Absolutely.
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