A profound, contemporary example of mannered acting by two seasoned performers (one still waiting for his long-delayed mainstream recognition) of two cultural icons that have their own cult of impersonators. Rarely do you see Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon portrayed with any kind of grace and subtly and that's what you get with "Shellfish & Neckskin," in addition to a loose-fitting, comfortable narrative.
Not very daring or visually compelling, but it was never really meant to be. The lead performances are both nice, fairly nuanced portrayals of characters who often succumb to caricature, and the story is ridiculous and captivating enough to carry the film.
This is what it set out to be - an engaging television film and not something more. This reveals nothing about the Nixon white house that is new or interesting. It is a fairly original account of Elvis's personality around this time. Shannon and Spacey are good, but there isn't a lot to get their teeth into. It's an enjoyable ride that gently peters out inconsequentially.
It made me giggle and I've been in a head-space where I found the portrayal of corrupt, criminal figures as human beings comforting (and I'm not just talking about Elvis' relationship with Priscilla). P.S. I'm quite fond of Elvis.
7/10 Avec des acteurs excellents, Liza Johnson nous fait revivre ce moment improbable de l'histoire des États-Unis, immortalisé par une photo restée gravée dans la mémoire de tous les Américains. Chronique complète à lire sur Citazine http://www.citazine.fr/article/elvis-nixon-visite-surrealiste-king-maison-blanche
Elvis & Nixon benutzt diese Steilvorlage nun, um über Einsamkeit zu sinnieren. Wie sieht der Mensch hinter dem medialen Konstrukt des "Images" aus? Wer war Elvis wirklich? Und Nixon? Leider aber nimmt das eigentliche Treffen nur den geringsten Teil der Handlung ein. Stattdessen erleben wir, wie Elvis (Michael Shannon) versucht, unangemeldet zu Nixon (Kevin Spacey), der sich davon ein wenig "Jugendlichkeit" verspricht