I'm saying that when the President does it, it's *not* illegal!
Following the resignation of US President Richard Nixon (Frank Langella), television talk show host David Frost (Michael Sheen) wants to arrange a series of interviews with him to air on television. Part of the reason Frost thinks the interviews would be compelling to both the public and the television networks is that Nixon never admitted any guilt of or offered any apology for the Watergate scandal which led to his resignation.. Nixon believes he can railroad Frost, who is better known as a pop cultural entertainment styled interviewer than an investigative political interviewer. However, Frost has every intention on these interviews being hard hitting and pointed; in addition to his producer John Birt (Matthew MacFayden), Frost hires two investigative reporters known for their previous exposés on Nixon: Bob Zelnick (Olivier Platt) and Jim Reston (Sam Rockwell). Nixon's chief adviser for the interviews is his current chief of staff, Jack Brennan (Kevin Bacon).
Directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon has been in my top 15 favorite movies of all time ever since I watched it. If I were to make the list of the most sharply and intelligently written scripts, It would probably end up in top 3. I believe the biggest and most astonishing art in screenwriting is being able to sustain the suspense, tension and audience's interest just with the incredible dialogue. Every line in the film is an example of excellent writing, the kind that doesn't let you to look away - you are glued to the screen.
But the script wouldn't be much without the excellent cast - both Frank Langella and Michael Sheen are just brilliant in their performances. Kevin Bacon delivers very underrated, wonderful performance and Olivier Platt, Matthew MacFayden and especially hilarious Sam Rockwell created extremely likable characters who bring in a lot of charisma and laughs to the movie. What I love about Frost/Nixon is that it has plenty of humorous moments - whether it's because of Bacon's deadpan delivery, Sheen's confused look as Langella goes on and on about one subject or the teasing dialogue between Platt and Rockwell and Rockwell's hilarious reactions to the events - it's all really funny.
We also get to see radiant Rebecca Hall here, as Frost's girlfriend who supports him during the whole process of getting the reviews to happen and conducting them and Toby Jones in yet another of his short, but very memorable performances.
Review of the film - HERE