Frost/Nixon (2008) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Richard Nixon remains one of the most controversial figures in American history. The infamous Watergate scandal eventually led to his impeachment. In spite of such controversy, he is still a very fascinating person. He has also been a popular film role because of movies based on his life, including Nixon (1995). The film Frost/Nixon is more than just a biography, though, because it reveals the tensions that exist for someone who holds great power.

A Toast

Peter Morgan brilliantly adapts his own stage play that eventually led to one of the Best Picture nominees of 2008. Morgan also wrote the screenplay for The Queen (2006), and received Oscar nominations for both films, which implies that he has the skills to write about powerful figures. Frank Langella also excels as the infamous President. He actually remained in character throughout the production to deliver a powerful performance. Michel Sheen also does well as David Frost even though he failed to garner any nominations. It is also unfortunate to say that this film received five nominations each at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, but left those two special nights empty-handed. Even with that sense of loss, this film is still a triumph because of its unique take on controversial subject matter.

Verdict

Frost/Nixon might not have been one of the most popular films of 2008, but it is still one of the best. Audiences tended to offer admiration to other films made that year, such as Revolutionary Road and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Nevertheless, Frost/Nixon manages to look at a very crucial time in American history without making the film look like a boring history lesson. Congratulations to Ron Howard for directing another special film that defies the conventional biographical film template!

Frost/Nixon (2008) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: during every tense scene between David Frost and Richard Nixon

Take a Drink: during every reference to the Watergate scandal and the possible burning of the tapes

Drink a Shot: whenever the cameras that recorded the historic television interviews start rolling

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