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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It's fascinating to watch the dialogue between the two protagonists during the last 30 minutes; but the rest of the film is uninspiring and sometimes dull, produced with a minimum of cinematographic imagination. Most of its impact results from the historical appropriate set design and the re-enactment of historical events.
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".
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).
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.
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.
Superbly acted, well crafted and, no matter what other reviews say, pretty entertaining. I hardly noticed the first half slip by, so riveted was I with the gradual progession of the plot. And the moment when Nixon is cornered is simply movie gold. That's why I love cinema.
Fine acting from Sheen and Langella, but it's just so boringly executed. I think as a general rule, biopics, when done wrong, just aren't very interesting, no matter the topic or the talent of actors involved.