Nixon remained silent on his removal from office. One summer in 1977, he agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview with David Frost. What resulted was an honest exchange between a man who had lost everything and another with everything to gain.
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I guess its technically accomplished for its genre and well acted (especially from Frank Langella) but let's face it this is safe, television-level storytelling with simplistic characterization but just pseudo-intellectual and talky enough for the deluded masses to be pleased with themselves for having suffered through a "serious picture".
Excellent fact-based drama manages to be riveting both intellectually and emotionally - with strong characters and smart writing by Peter Morgan, who adapted the screenplay from his play. Superb performances all around, with Frank Langella as the beleaguered ex-president particularly memorable. Director Ron Howard has crafted an intelligent and engrossing film that effectively recreates an era.
Un soggetto difficile per una storia così nota che la sceneggiatura difficilmente sarebbe potuta scampare dal baratro della prevedibilità, ma ciononostante la regia, il corpo attoriale e la cura dei dettagli sono decisamente di buonissimo livello. Una storia politica a prova di inesperti, dove i dettagli complessi sono stati sapientemente smussati, per ottenere un risultato finale godibile da chiunque.
Silly, slight, presentational, sitcommy, superficial, formulaic, and lame. Perhaps there could be a way to make this story seaworthy, but Peter Morgan and the toothless Howard are not the men for the job. This film needed to take a huge step either in the direction of comedy or drama, because where it stands it's either a farcically insubstantial drama or a woefully unfunny comedy. Frank Langella is the man, though.
I'm not usually interested in political drama films. I often find them boring. But when you have a bunch of talented individuals & an interesting piece of history, I can certainly pay attention. supporting performances were good, Sam Rockwell is always predictably entertaining to watch.Michael Sheen & Frank Langella were excellent! They were compelling, layered & like their real-life counterparts. Good one Ron Howard
Ron Howard shows considerable skill in his portrayal of the duel between Frost and Nixon. It's fascinating to watch where the cuts go during the interviews: only the reactions of the opposing team members act as a cypher. The reactions show us who's winning the duel. Frank Langella is wonderful too. That's the good. The bad: irrelevant subject matter, hammy acting by the rest of the cast and awful exposition.
Michael Sheen and Frank Langella make this film more than it is - a period piece, part docudrama and part fictionalized account of a piece of history both glamorized and criticized with a light touch by Howard. Rockwell, Bacon and Platt are solid in supporting roles. The story moves quickly enough though it is apparent the premise loses momentum as the inevitable last day of the interview looms.
I find most of these comments interesting. A good film is a good film. Frost\Nixon might not be great, but it is an extraordinarily well-written, well-acted, and certainly well-made film. Simply because it has a successful mainstream director behind is no reason to dismiss it.