Written December 12, 2008
I just saw the advance press preview of this 122-minute movie based on the stage play that was based on events leading up to including the David Frost exclusive 70s interview with disgraced ex-President Richard Nixon.
I found the movie to be STUNNINGLY illuminating, thought-provoking, revealing, humanizing, and exceedingly EXCELLENTLY well-made by director/producer Ron Howard.
The STELLAR cast led by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen shone with great talent. AWESOME acting!!!
Initially, I thought it was going to be a boring drama or documentary - but I was mistaken in my (mis)assumption - because this movie riveted me - glued me to my seat in anticipation as the story unfolded - well-paced and well-scripted - at times suspenseful and at times comically funny/tragic.
I am SO GLAD to have seen this movie - and I urge everyone to give it a chance as it is one of the best movies of this year.
A Must-See movie.
Written December 11, 2008
Movie was great--top 5 of 2008. I was fortunate enough to see the play on Broadway and THAT was also amazing. A reliable friend said the movie was better than the play--I saw it with my wife and we loved the movie, but thought it was just below the very high standard set by the play. That said, it is a must-see: Great acting by the two leads, compelling story and excellently directed. Go see it!
Written December 11, 2008
The movie was very well done. It showed Nixon in a very human light, and there are definitely parallels to the current president. My favorite line was "When the president does it, it is not illegal." I have already recommended it to several friends.
Written December 10, 2008
This film is a must for any person interested in polotics. Sheen and Langella both have the characters down pat. Their personal and professional dueling brought back memories of the original telecast. With the recent release of Nixon tapes make him even more paranoid than the film shows. I did not remember his chief of staff but Kevin Bacon does a really great job of someone who clearly adored this president.
Written January 01, 2009
“I let down the American people.” That’s a seminal line spoken in Howard's film which recalls how British entertainer David Frost got just-resigned President RICHARD NIXON to appear in a series of interviews that he offered in syndication. FRANK LANGELLA gives a performance as Nixon that I feel is worthy of an Oscar nomination. MICHAEL SHEEN does a fine job as Frost, ably abetted by strong performances by the other main actors: OLIVER PLATT, SAM ROCKWELL & MATHEW MACFADYEN on Frost’s side, & KEVIN BACON. The fine documentary film “WHY WE FIGHT” shows Nixon was sadly not alone in American Presidents who’ve DECEIVED the public for their own ends and agendas. In this day & age (when Illinois has an arrogant Hot Air Peacock governor who apparently has further tarnished the reputation of promise-shirking politicians), this very WELL-DONE film (one of the best of ’08) reminds us we need to be far more questioning (& less forgiving) of those politicians who BETRAY the people & their trust.