Frost/Nixon ¬†(Rated R)
Gavin Grade: B
Oscar Watch! ¬†This one's up for Best Picture and when that news got out, the studio re-released this. ¬†That means it was out of theaters in Sacramento, but now it's back and playing a couple places. Make sure you don't go see this movie tired; it's definetly a "Talkie." ¬†It's not the most exciting movie in the world, there aren't twists and turns that keep you interested either. ¬†The only thing that makes this movie what it is, is the story and the performances. ¬†Makes sense too considering that it's based on a play. ¬†The story is about how a British talk-show host, David Frost, bet everything on getting an interview with former disgraced President, Richard Nixon. ¬†What Frost tried to do was get Nixon to own up to his mistakes and apologize to America for his wrong-doings. ¬†A story that echoes the sentiments of how many Americans feel about George W. Bush eerily too well. ¬†The movie is carried by the two main actors. ¬†Michael Sheen plays Frost and Frank Langella plays Nixon. ¬†If there is anyone in this year's Oscar race that can give Mickey Rourke a run for the money and SHOULD win over him, it's Frank Langella. ¬†Sadly the last thing I remember him from playing Skeletor in "Masters of the Universe." ¬†But Langella is so good in this movie that it's like watching moving art. ¬†He has lengthy monologues that make you think that you ARE watching Richard Nixon spout his sadness and insecurities. ¬†What's just as good as Langella's performance is the partnership between director, Ron Howard, and writer, Peter Morgan (who also wrote the play). ¬†They actually show Nixon as a smart, crafty, selfish and unstable man, but make you feel so bad and sympathetic for him that you may be like me, and have a few tears by the end. ¬†However, the biggest tragedy with this movie is that Langella will lose Best Actor to Mickey Rourke.