My, my, but Ron Howard enjoys his based-on-a-true-story movies. The director has an impressive filmography, but seems to win the most acclaim for movies like Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, the second of which won some Oscars. Frost/Nixon, too, has been nominated for an Oscar, but we’ll see how that pans out on the 22nd.
Back to the review. The casting and acting was impeccable, the faux documentary style was engaging but… there was just something missing. The film didn’t absorb me. I just didn’t get lost in the film, which is my favourite part. Many will probably disagree with me, as more than 11 000 people have voted it into the IMDb top 250.
One of my biggest gripes is the trailer. As always, not only did it give everything away (like the climax) but it was also misleading. In the trailer, it seems like David Frost always has the upper hand and causes drama and blindsides Richard Nixon from the beginning. This is not so. Nixon has the upper hand for most of the film.
Watch it, but because the hype has over inflated it, don’t expect to be blown away. But expect a satisfying political movie, well acted and directed.
My rating… 7.2
Directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code)
Starring Michael Sheen (Blood Diamond, The Queen, Underworld) as David Frost
and Frank Langella (Superman Returns, Good Night and Good Luck, Masters of the Universe) as Richard Nixon