Ron Howard has produced a very compelling movie about this story… Most people have a general clue of what the Watergate scandal was, but even if you do not take heart because that does not mean you will be lost in this movie. It does a good job of explaining the issues and portraying the magnitude of the issue that took place in the 1980’s.
The plot consists of David Frost (Micahel Shee), a British TV host, was watching the Watergate trials. He gets this brilliant idea that an interview with Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) would be an instant television success. Overtime he realizes he has bitten off a bigger task than he thought as producers turn him down and he ends up laying everything including his money, reputation, and career on the line for these interviews. Richard Nixon agrees to the interview and the terms are set. As Frost continues to try and promote the interview with his new female companion Dianne Sawyer (Kate Jennings Grant), the three other men who are supporting this interview (Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt) spend their time researching all the details and the “ins and outs” of the Watergate Scandal. They study Richard Nixon’s every move to hopefully give him the trial that he never had in the US judicial system. Their ultimate goal was to get the confession and apology that the American people never got and deserved.
Once the interviews begin, it is obvious that Richard Nixon has the intellectual upperhand as he continues to give long drawn out answers to deter Frost and avoid possible dangers. These interviews become a battle of the minds, and it appears that Richard Nixon is going to win the showdown. I will not give away the spoiler, but you are left looking and feeling empathetic for both men. Both men enjoy the limelight and the challenge, but both men’s life’s work and reputation are laid on the line. They are filled with hardship and will be dramatically changed because of these of these interviews, although only one man can walk away from these interviews with the upper hand.
This was a very compelling movie. There were moments where the screen shots did an amazing job of depicting the tension and emotion that took place. Frost/Nixon was also handled well from the stand point that it caters to the present rise of political interest, while leaving it easy for those who knew very little about the Watergate scandal to follow along and learn as they enjoyed the movie.
Reviewed by: Brent Dongell.
Duration: 122 mins.
Genre: True Story, Historical, Drama.
Director: Ron Howard.
Actors: Kevin Bacon, Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, Oliver Platt.
Release Date: 26 December 2008.