An eccentric millionaire [Michael
Jacobs] sends a seasoned documentary film crew on a search
to find the most legendary icon in the history of rock ‘n’
roll...The King. Is he alive, as many believe? If so, does he
want to be found? Is there any credibility to the often
ridiculous tales of "sightings"?
With an angry, alcoholic
Director [Rob Ashkenas], a spoiled, egomaniacal celebrity
journalist [Michael Dasch], and a ragtag crew of
half-wits, the team searches throughout the urban jungles of
Southern Florida to answer these questions. What they soon find
will not only change their careers, but also their lives.
A tour de force
performance by Producer/Co-Writer/Star Mike McSween, Shot & Cut
by award winning filmmaker Steven Jacobs, highlight this comedic
and transcendent mockumentary about the lengths people will go
to find what they’re looking for...and discovering themselves in
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ElvisInfoNet Review by Nigel Patterson:
The Is Elvis Alive? question has fascinated many fans
for more than three decades. Do we finally have the definitive
answer in King ‘n’ Me, a documentary film about the
search for truth, justice and the American way? Oops, that’s
another show. Rather King ‘n’ Me tells the story of an
intrepid group of highly trained film professionals who may just
have stumbled on to one of the world’s greatest stories…that
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, may not have died as
claimed on August 16, 1977.
Film aficionados take note; if you are looking for a
Spielberg type crafted film saturated with millions of dollars
from filthy rich and investors, look elsewhere. However, if you
are looking for an offbeat and at the same time sincere
documentary (mockumentary) about a documentary team making a
documentary (say that fast three times!), then King ‘n’ Me
(funded by millions of Zimbabwean dollars), may be just what you
The early stages of the film set the scene
and slowly build tension as the film crew edge closer and closer
to their elusive quarry. And to keep you awake, King ‘n’ Me
Director, Steven Jacobs* stuns unsuspecting viewers with the
unexpected when you least expect it ……leaving you crying out,
“Hey, wasn’t that Bigfoot I just saw or was it Sasquatch? And
man, doesn’t he look like…”
When the man called the King (a.k.a. John
Burrows) finally appears his physical image is a cross between
the full fat Meatloaf (not the current low calorie model) and a
darkly attired, Gothic Roy Orbison.
Serious bit of review:
Importantly however, the portrayal is far from an irreverent
one; rather it is a poignantly observed rendering, which goes to
the heart of Elvis the performer and Elvis the person.
But despite some familiar mannerisms and
speech inflections, is he really that King? And just what is
the significance of the FBI badge he carries? And why does he
look like Mike McSween?
So many questions,
and so little time!
Reduced to appearing in seedy clubs and
smoke filled bars full of ageing hillbilly fans, the burger
sodden King finds himself a long way from his days performing in
front of Vegas celebrities and 50,000 well attired, screaming
fans. But in glorious
Hollywood style, there is one
last hurrah still to be played out. For the King’s tribute to
the King, he graces the stage in a great looking sequined, black
jumpsuit, although the early stages of arthritis appear to
severely restrict his normally uninhibited hip movements.
Clearly, cheeseburgers do not contain enough fish oil or
bit of review: While the script and acting are what
one expects of a low budget film, the plot is well defined and
the characters are nicely constructed and come alive colorfully
on screen thanks to some great direction and non-drug affected
Michael Dasch is delightfully obnoxious as
the “B” grade TV host/journalist Cameron Camerion (he
may strike it big in South America!); and Mike McSween steals
the show in his many guises, including the King and
Numerology Harry (the latter character with a suitably
annoying Adam Sandler type voice). McSween deftly inhabits each
of his different characters, displaying an impressive chameleon
like presence and an acting flexibility, which traverses a full
range of emotional anticipation and angst.
Others of notable note in the notorious
cast are Rob Ashkenas (of the Ashkenas family) as the
(inebriated) Director (i.e., in the film, not the
film's Director) and Michael Jacobs as promoter, Joey
Argentina (although I don't think he's actually from
Argentina, but I guess stranger things have happened).
There is humor in abundance and ridiculous
situations at every turn of the corner in King ‘n’ Me.
Most of the humor is driven by McSween (in whichever of his
ubiquitously eclectic roles) and Dasch.
However, none of this would be possible without the taut
direction of the Director, Steven Jacobs* (well who else would
be directing but the Director!)
Very serious bit
of review: The incidental music to King ‘n’ Me
is strong with Richard Strauss's iconic 2001 (Also Sprach
Zarathustra) theme featuring several times while the two
featured songs, Blame and Insane
are stand out rock recordings!!! Blame has a
slow, bluesy feel while Insane’s
melody is incredibly infectious. These sublime songs are
performed by Heavy Metal group
1,000 Pounds of Thrust (featuring Mike McSween –
this guy is literally everywhere and he probably has his own
range of custom made Gibson-McSween guitars).
Note well: These are seriously great recordings!!!!
I recommend you watch the closing credits
closely! It’s amazing who was involved in production of
King ‘n’ Me – a veritable potpourri of ‘has been’ ETA’s,
acting rejects and ghetto physicians.
trouble the producers must have gone to in engaging these
celebrities is most commendable!
High brow bit of
review:King ‘n’ Me can be enjoyed on
two levels. The ‘on the surface’ viewer will ingest it
literally, while the more observant viewer will savor the rite
of self-discovery which underlies the narrative.
Such is the superlative skill of the director!
New Age -
Political issue: The right wing promotion for
King 'n' Me also said it was 'transcendent'. I didn't know
what this meant so I've chosen to ignore the rhetoric as I wish
to remain superior to the film's marketing team.
An even more serious bit of the
King ‘n’ Me has its greatest
similarity and strength with the little known film,
Eddie Presley. Both reflect the
essential impact of Elvis and enduring interest in him. In
King ‘n’ Me the “King”
character reflects both Elvis’ love of his fans and for
performing, and these elements shine nicely above the underlying
humor of the film (which this reviewer has chosen to emphasize).
Scrumptiously scripted and pungently
produced with just the right amount of McDonald’s flab, King
'n' Me is a rollickingly delicious, deceptively light
hearted recipe with a powerfully potent core, all just waiting
for ravenous Elvis fans to devour.
Could King 'n' Me have been
better? Cross it with the obvious physical stimulation of
Anatomia(see below) and I
think the producers would be standing in line (with hands
strategically cupped) to receive ‘golden boy’ Oscar! (What do
you mean Oscar De La Hoya doesn’t like documentaries?)
King 'n' Me is definitely a case
of tear open the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy...and at all times
have your tongue planted firmly in cheek (the cheek of your
choice)!! It is an offbeat but most rewarding ride, which offers
a multi-aspect interpretation of the King!