Written December 20, 2008
For anyone not around during the 70"s this is a must see. The acting (especially Langella) is terrific. I actually started to see Nixon, not Langella. Although the "crime" pales by today's standards, the study of the presidency is a worthy subject.
Written December 29, 2008
Frost/Nixon is a must-see film, not only for the historical perspective, but the outstanding performances of Langella and Sheen. Frank Langella's portrayal of Richard Nixon is striking on several levels. While he doesn't resemble Nixon physically, he has mastered the mannerisms and speeh patterns perfectly. I have never felt any pity for Nixon, but this film comes very close to making one feel for the man. I suspect that is the quality of Langella's performance, rather than any feeling for Nixon, the person, although the film gives one a new perspective on the events and the emotions of the participants. One of the most striking and disarming moments comes in the final meeting of Frost and Nixon after the interviews have been completed; the scene is like looking into the soul of Nixon. Sheen and Bacon were equally compelling, but the film belongs to Frank Langella.
Written January 05, 2009
Having lived through those turbulent times of Watergate, I was prepared to witness a complete attack on the character who was Richard Nixon. Instead I found the movie to portray the fallen, broken man in almost sympathetic tones. The performances were very good and the movie's pace was fine. There were some metaphors that were elementary, to which Nixon would have cringed, however, all in all the movie was insightful and entertaining. I took my 14yr old son to see it and he enjoyed the way history came to life for this man at his most vulnerable time.
Written January 15, 2009
I tend to be very critical of films, but this one was absolutely riveting. Everything worked -- strong characters, gripping drama, unexpected humor, terrific acting, memorable dialogue. The one minor false note was Pat Nixon's character -- she had just a tiny role with a forgettable, redundant line of dialogue.
Otherwise, a must-see.
Written January 30, 2009
I wasn't that impressed with this movie. The portrayal of the events of that time were interesting but I just couldn't see the actor as Nixon.