jazzville skyline: ‘…mr. presley and the president…’

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…mr. presley and the president…”

It’s that time of year again. Soon, thousands will be descending on Memphis, Tennessee in memory of the king of rock and roll, who passed away on August 16th, 1977…

There was never anyone like him, and there probably never will be again…To have such a loyal following after all this time is quite remarkable…but then, he was, and to many, still is, the king…

And in a recent release on dvd, a new movie has arrived titled ‘Elvis And Nixon’, a story taken from a true event that happened between a now ‘famous’ meeting of the two men…

Michael Shannon plays Elvis, and despite initial reservations about the casting choice, (after all, he was General Zod in the horrible ‘Man Of Steel’), his portrayal is one of the best yet of the king…He downplays all the ‘obvious’ choices and makes him more natural, as the setting would probably have required anyway…

(…If you are looking for the king of rock-n-roll ‘ELVIS’, then you probably would want to check out Kurt Russell’s amazing portrayal of the entertainer…If you are looking for a more intimate portrayal of the man, start right here…)

And then there’s the always brilliant Kevin Spacey playing Nixon, and again, the performance here is low-key, in order to bring a realism to the proceeding, rather than a caricature from either party…

Whether this was the intent of each actor or the director’s choice, Liza Johnson, it clearly comes off as a casual moment in time, with dialogue befitting the cadence of the film itself…

This is one of those rare films that can easily be viewed time and again, without insulting the intelligence of the audience, nor the fan base that so dearly loves their king…

Though the characters themselves may not have an initial mutual respect for each other, the actors and writers clearly do…


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