The rants and raves of a teenage cinephile who is just a little bit obsessed with Catherine O'Hara and Hayao Miyazaki.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Frost/Nixon (2008)

I had no idea this was going to be a mockumentary! That totally caught me by surprise...and despite my affectation for mocks, I felt like it was not the right decision for this movie. Unlike something like "District 9", this film didn't quite transition the documentary parts to the non-documentary parts too well. However, it's still impeccably written, so sharp and exciting. Nixon was portrayed so humanely that it was hard not to feel sorry for him. And the acting is phenomenal. I swear sparks were flying when Michael Sheen and Frank Langella were onscreen together! Yikes! And the supporting cast was fantastic as well...Rebecca Hall is always lovely and Sam Rockwell was stellar. So all in all, it's a thrilling and exciting movie that is brought down by its bizarre structure.

8/10

6 comments:

  1. Wait...Sam Rcokwell was in this? You jest!

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  2. I know! I was so pleasantly surprised by his presence.

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  3. The actors were great but the film's self importance and tacky political propaganda really bothered me.
    I guess Howard isn't my kind of filmmaker.
    Good that you enjoyed it though!

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  4. I did feel like it thought it was more important than it actually was, which was kind of bothersome. Like it was trying so hard to make a statement, but it never really got there.

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  5. I agree with you. There is really something fiery going on when Sheen and Langella are in their interview scenes.

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  6. Just the other day, my wife and I saw a copy of this for sale and I turned to her and asked "Remember that week when people cared about Frost/Nixon?" She replied, "Barely." I still feel that way.

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