Who knew the story of the behind the scenes of a one-on-one interview would be as riveting as this?
Summer 1977, British talk show host David Frost (Michael Sheen) had a series of sit down interviews with former President Richard M. Nixon (Frank Langella) when Nixon spoke on the record for the first time since Watergate and his resignation of the Presidency of the United States.
Director Ron Howard gave us a film unlike any other Ron Howard films, and perhaps one of his finest. The performances of the two lead stars, Frank Langella and Michael Sheen are powerful and utterly compelling. Langella, in particular, is brilliant as Richard Nixon. He received an Academy Award for his role. He does not do an imitation of Nixon, one of the most imitatable person in history. Instead, he embodied the former president and became more than just an imitation.
Langella portrayed Nixon with such a charm that you could forget that he was one of the most infamous figures in the U.S. political landscape ever. You saw the complicated mindset of Nixon, from his desire to fight and battle to the guilt that existed behind his eyes. He wanted to be loved, and that showed in the performance.
Much of the film was shot in a documentary style film, with key people from the story giving their opinions and their insight on the history that was unfolding before their eyes.
Both sides are represented here and that balance helps to prevent this from being nothing more than good vs. evil. In fact, it is considerably more nuanced than that. The battle that occurred within these interview sessions is something that would not likely happen again.
In these days of “FAKE NEWS” there is something refreshing about what we see here. Frost/Nixon is a wonderful film dealing with two men talking. I never expected to be as enthusiastic as I was about this movie. It really is fanatsic.