Indie Gems: Elvis & Nixon
Elvis is in the building.
I know, I've been lacking on my indie gems lately. In the years I've ran my blog, I've had them every single Friday, but these last few weeks have had none. Life has been busy, but I hope to get back into the swing of things with my indies now.
Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) decides one day he wants to become an undercover FBI agent to help fight the nation's drug problem. Along with his friend, Jerry (Alex Pettyfer) he flies to Washington D.C and attempts to speak with President Richard Nixon. (Kevin Spacey) Nixon doesn't want to see him, so two of his staff members (Colin Hanks and Evan Peters) goes behind his back to try to make the meeting work.
I thought the trailer was hilarious the first time I saw it, but the film had a much more serious tone then I expected. It still has plenty of laughs, I just thought it to be campier. The plot does feel a little aimless, but it fits with Elvis' wandering about D.C waiting for this meeting. He does seem very aimless. But the film does build well for these two eccentric men to meet.
Michael Shannon is great as always. I don't think this guy has ever had a bad acting experience that I've seen. It's a bit jarring to see how similar Kevin Spacey looks like Richard Nixon in certain angles. The real surprise here was Alex Pettyfer, who I can't stand. He was actually pretty good here. I cringed when I saw his name in the credits but he brought a very human approach to Elvis' posse.
If you're in the mood for a weird film, this one is for you.
Watched on: Netflix DVD
Memorable Quote: "....fuck!" - Krogh (Colin Hanks)