R&A 16: Elvis & Nixon

1 h 27 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 16.9.2016

»Who the fuck set this up?» barks Kevin Spacey’s typically grouchy tyrant in the opening moments of this larky drama, which flashes back to the strange events that brought Elvis to the White House gates in December 1970, hellbent on meeting the president. Both icons were increasingly paranoid; both had become weirdly out of touch with the modern world; both had something to gain from the meeting – the badge of a »federal agent-at-large» for Elvis, and the promise of some much-needed popular appeal for Nixon.

Described by Elvis’s wingman Jerry Schilling as »a docu- comedy, if you will», Liza Johnson’s film (from a screenplay by Joey and Hanala Sagal, and Cary Elwes) plays fast and loose with the facts as it serves up a pantomime encounter between its chalk and cheese main characters. If you want the real story, go to the American National Archives, or to author Peter Guralnick. Elvis & Nixon may not be Almost Always True, but it’s entertaining fluff and, frankly, That’s All Right.

MARK KERMODE, THE GUARDIAN

Language: English / Subtitles: -

    

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