Friday, December 5, 2008
Michael Sheen is quite good in Frost/Nixon playing the television talk show host who with thousands of dollars of his own money and sheer determination manges be the first to interview Richard Nixon after Watergate but is very much upstaged by Frank Langella as Richard Nixon, the most obviously compelling character. The movie actually made me kind of like Richard Nixon. As I was exiting the theater, this was the scary thought on my and most of the audiences mind. Frank Langella portrays Nixon as a sympathetic and, except for a few scenes, retiree. While there are moments where Nixon seems threatening like when he says "I'm saying that when the President does it, that means it's not illegal!" But mostly he seems nice and jokey, poking fun at Frost's shoes and smiling. He even is helpful to Frost's romantic life offering him advice to marry the girl he brings to meet Nixon.