Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Michael Sheen (David Frost), Frank Langella (Richard Nixon), Kevin Bacon (Jack Brennan), Matthew Macfadyen (John Birt)
During our last History lesson at school, the teacher was talking about Richard Nixon’s presidency and the Watergate scandal when one of my classmates jumped in and said: Hey, isn’t there a movie about this? About an interview or something. Oh, yeah!, I told him, I know what you’re talking about, you mean a movie called Frost/Nixon, right? The thing is, I had known about the existance of this film for a long time, but never actually sat down and watched it. So, considering I had a test ahead about the same topic, I finally decided to give it a chance. Surprisingly, it turned out to be not only very informative, but also extremely entertaining and well-done!
After the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first US president to resign the office. For three years he remained silent and didn’t make a public confession. British talk show host David Frost decided to uncover the truth by interviewing Nixon. The problem was, he had no money enough, no sponsors, and the ex president was incredibly good at evading his questions to make himself look as a great leader. Would Frost manage to make Nixon confess? Or would he fail in the attempt and lose everything he had?
What first struck me about this movie was how dynamic it is. You know, there’s not more action in it than just people talking, but it always finds a way to engage the viewer, may it be due to some great shots and music or its superb dialogues and gripping plot. It didn’t bore me a single minute and even kept me on the edge of my seat towards the climax.
Something else I’d like to point out is the great job of the cast. Both the main actors, especially Michael Sheen, played their roles really well. More than conveying feelings and thoughts by speaking, they do it with their expressions. You can sense their fear, disappointment or frustration just by looking at their faces. Some supporting actors are remarkable as well, like Kevin Bacon as Nixon’s right hand and Matthew Macfadyen as Frost’s producer.
Finally, I like the fact that this movie doesn’t just limit itself to tell the facts, but also conveys a couple of very interesting ideas. One of them is the great power of the media, even if it comes from only a talk show host like David Frost. The other idea is that, in a way, Frost and Nixon were in a similar situation. Frost had tasted glory in American television, Nixon had achieved to be president of the United States. Frost’s show had been cancelled, Nixon had been forced to resign. If this interview went well for Frost, his name would be all over the world and his fame would be back. If on the contrary, Nixon could evade Frost’s inquires and be the one in charge, he could clean his name and enchant America again. But only one of them could win, and the other would lose everything in the way.
Frost/Nixon is a great movie for all who, like me, are interested in the topic and would like to know a bit more about it. But even if you already know the whole story, or if you’re not that interested in it, the movie’s still worth-watching. I hadn’t been surprised by a good film like this in a very long time. ♦
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– Written by GuadiRC –