Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Movie Review of Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon - JZ: 8/10 Subash: TBC
Directed by Ron Howard
Cast - Frank Langella, Michael Sheen

Plot Summary
Electrifying all in one -inclusive interview battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost a jet-setting television personality with a name to make. Confronting questions of Nixon's time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency.

Review
This film is based on a historic event and taken from a play by the British sscreenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgon. It's subject is the series of televised Frost/Nixon interviews that former US President Richard Nixon granted David Frost in 1977. I would say this interview is like to 2 chess players, 1 trying to drive the opponent completely into a corner to submission while the other trying to trap the opponent into a checkmate.

The direction of the film is slighty above average in my opinion. Managed to give a brief introductory description of what happen to President Nixon and how the story slowly developed from Frost and then to Nixon. The main portion and focus on the show is the interview. The camera work is average I guess.

It seems that Nixon's role is the main focus point and hence the acting opportunity for the rest of the cast is minimal. Frank and Michael are the 2 main people to pay attention to as they managed to get into their characters and played them out really well.

Frank Langella reprising his role as Nixon from a play which Peter Morgon produced. Frank did a excellent job from his mannerisms to his expressions. Frank has won awards for his performance as Nixon in Morgon's play and is currenlty nominated for the 66th Golden Globe awards for his performance in this film.

Michael Sheen who is also reprising his role from the play also has also won a award in it. He did a good job in this film
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Worth to watch this on a weekend.

Best Quotes
David Frost:Are you really saying the President can do something illegal?
Richard Nixon:I'm saying that when the President does it, that means it's *not* illegal!
David Frost: ...I'm sorry?

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