A dark and bleak backdrop surrounds this film. Mickey Rourke carries this film with very little
dialogue, but the senses of the soul ring true in everyone's inability or ability to go on, when the dark cloud constantly rains and wets you to your bones. To keep smiling, when you're kicked and down "what, did tights get more expensive"....Rourke picks himself each and every time with the will to live even when the daughter he has abandoned tells him that she is so over his absences that she doesn't have the ability to hate him. Not too many films can go to this length with the budget this film had to deal with. Never give up on any artist, ever!
Thank you Mr. Rourke, Miss Tomei and Miss Wood. I am ever so grateful for the life I lead. I will never allow anyone to tell me I don't have anything left in me, until my last breath.
I was cynical of seeing this film. I thought it would be boring. I mean, Richard Nixon. Kind of
over the guy.
However, Frank Langella nails the role of a lifetime. The nuisances, the voice manipulation and the darting, nervous eyes are precise, real-to-life and within a few seconds, I was taken back to the mid 70s and began to remember how tricky-**** was. The comment around getting every cent he could for whatever he was doing; as well as the comment, say for instance about Diane Carroll were memorable.
The film editing stood out as exceptional, which ensured the dialogue was crisp, witty, detailed but not exhaustible.
I never looked at my watch once and any political historian will feel right at home with Howard's latest effort. It's no MILK, but nothing is from this genre so far. Howard and Van Sant's style are very different, but the roles of Milk and Nixon are two of the best of the year. So to me, Rourke, Penn and Langella. It's all up to Hollywood and the "campaign"
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