To convey an impression or merely impersonate? A decision for anyone when playing a real person. Plenty of decisions to make here with two high profile central characters (and a few other minor ones too) amid a real event. It’s distracting that we get a mix of both approaches with Langella providing a sense of one man (complexity on his side) and Sheen just impersonating the other (glibness not on his).
It cultivates the fantasy that American democracy shall be saved by network entertainers, by the Colberts, Stewarts, and Oliviers of the world - and we all know ten years later how well that turned out! Frost/Nixon isn't cinema, it is television through and through, reducing politics to a simple game of communication, carelessly doing the exact same mistakes of its protagonist. Ron is just looking for a good show.
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.
While Richie Cunninghams direction is predictably 'meh' in it's incredibly straightforward nature, the film itself is lifted by some very good actors, in particular the two leads but with some unsurprisingly great supporting turns from the likes of Sam Rockwell and Oliver Platt
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.