Friday, January 9, 2009

Jason watches Frost/Nixon

And it's pretty good. The story, of course, is compelling, and the acting is great. Frank Langella as Nixon and Michael Sheen as Frost are good, but Sam Rockwell as the temperamental James Reston, Jr. (the most political, we-have-to-destroy-Nixon guy on Frost's team) is great. The integration of news footage from the time is good. There's a faux-documentary framing device where the characters talk about their experiences. That would be more jarring if they didn't prime you by starting the movie that way. Although I couldn't help but feel that it would've been better if they could've gotten the actual people--not just the actors playing them--for the faux-documentary parts (like how the real Harvey Pekar was integrated into American Splendor). But the only thing that really struck me as odd is that some of the dialogue sounds really, really stagy. I didn't know going in that this was actually based on a stage play based on the original events. They stuck too close to the stage dialogue, and there are times you can tell that. But still, that's a minor quibble in an otherwise great film.

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