Last night Patrick and I went to go see Elvis & Nixon, a film inspired by what may or may not have occurred when Elvis Presley met President Richard Nixon on December 21, 1970. If I wasn’t already digging the idea, the cast made me eager to see it! Michael Shannon, who some may remember from his phenomenal role as Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire, as Elvis. Johnny Knoxville as Sonny, Elvis’ bodyguard. Kevin Spacey as President Nixon. And Colin Hanks and Evan Peters as members of the White House staff. The trailer was hysterical, and beyond ridiculous, so when it arrived at the local cinema I pulled out my TBC necklace and a belt I think Elvis would be proud of.
I have to talk about this coat though for a sec. It is one of my favorites, and a complete mystery. I snagged it at a local antique mall, and I have absolutely no idea what kind of fur it is. Yak? Llama? Just plain fluffy cow? I honestly don’t know. All I know is it’s rather soft. If you have any ideas, let me know. (Also know that anti-fur, or hate comments will be removed). The coat also does not feature a label of any kind, and has the craziest lining! And the closures are the twist kind that you would commonly find on a purse.
As for the film itself, the viewer must take all of it with a grain of salt. This much is true, Elvis did indeed write a letter to President Nixon wanting to “be of any service” that he could “to help the country out” and did want a badge from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, to likely add to is already large collection of police badges. And after meeting with Nixon, he did received a badge. Priscilla shared that she thought Elvis wanted the badge because he believed with it he could carry his own personal firearms and drugs wherever he wanted. (Source) Some may not view Shannon as a good Elvis, but, it worked for me within the context of the film, and Spacey was actually an amazing Nixon. The film offered many giggles, which is honestly what I’m into these days when it comes to going to the movies. I deal enough with the real world and political issues on the regular basis, I go to the movies to have a good time. The next film I’m looking forward to also happens to take place in the 70s and hopefully is just as funny as its trailer, which is The Nice Guys.