Monday, May 9, 2016

Movie Review: “Elvis and Nixon” & "Captain America: Civil War"

   Elvis and Nixon
   Rated R

Always fascinated by law enforcement and concerned by societal changes, Elvis Presley made an unscheduled visit to the White House in December 1970.  His goal was to convince President Richard Nixon to make him a special agent-at-large.  Initially, the President denied Elvis’s request for a visit, but convinced by his aides, he relented, met with “The King” and both men ended up posing for the most requested picture in the National Archives.

Before I give my opinion on Elvis and Nixon, I want to make it clear that I’m not a big fan of “The King.”  It’s not that I dislike him or his music, it’s just that I don’t listen to his music.  That said, I found this film sweet, touching and funny.  Michael Shannon’s and Kevin Spacey’s performances as Elvis and President Nixon, respectively, are spot-on.  If you’re looking for a light-hearted film, Elvis and Nixon is the one for you!

   Captain America: Civil War
   Rated PG-13

The Avengers become deeply divided when the government wants some control over their actions due to recent collateral damage.  Ironman supports the government oversight while Captain America is staunchly opposed.  Will the superheroes work out their differences or will these conflicting views tear them apart? 

Instead of a good versus evil theme, this Marvel superheroes movie is much more complicated and nuanced since neither party is wrong; they just have a difference of opinions.  That said, the movie is entertaining, action-filled and humorous.  Captain America: Civil War is definitely an e-ticket ride!

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