Merry Christmas! There are six new movies starting today, so stay tuned for some new movie reviews coming from John & Becky this weekend. Becky and I went to see the political film Frost/Nixon on Monday at the Landmark theater in Greenwood Village, CO. The Rotten Tomatoes website at Frost/Nixon describes the movie as follows.
“Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan’s (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy… Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan’s (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: Frost/Nixon. Reprising their roles from Morgan’s stageplay are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen, who fully inhabited the part of Frost onstage in London and New York…”
Frost/Nixon has mixed reviews depending on the age of the viewing audience. I think for people who went through the Nixon Watergate era they will focus mainly on how crooked President Richard Nixon was as he tried to get out of admitting his wrong doing. For Becky and I, we liked the story and found it amazing because of what Frost had to go through to pull off the interview with Nixon when he was against all odds.
What we found fascinating about this film is that if you read between the lines, President Richard Nixon wasn’t really passionate about being President of the United States as much as he was concerned about creating personal wealth and losing his power. It builds throughout the film and then comes out loud and clear at the end where he makes a comment to Frost about how he would have been a good journalist.
Unfortunately, for President Nixon he spends the remainder of his life a very lonely man because of one giant mistake he made, which just goes to show you that one bad decision can have lasting consequences. As we left the film, it made me think about how many other Presidents or other men in power arrived in their positions of authority for the wrong reasons. If you go beyond just looking at President Nixon and punishing him for his sins and instead look at the contrast of the two people in the film and their difference in motivation and passion you can’t help but enjoy this movie. We both liked it and thought it was definitely worth the trip to the box office.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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