Thursday, August 21, 2008

Frost/Nixon trailer

By: Harry Waisbren

The first internation movie trailer for Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon has just been released. Check it out below (via Slash Film):

Here's Slash Film's take:
The first international movie trailer for Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of
Frost/Nixon has hit the web. Based on a play of the same name, the film tells
the story of the series of infamous post-Watergate television interviews between
British talk-show host David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard
Nixon (Frank Langella). When the project was first announced, I remarked that
Howard made a smart choice by employing the leads from the theatrical
production. Langella is an amazing actor and has the mannerisms down, but he
really doesn’t look like Nixon. It will be interesting to see if his performance
will make up for the visual disadvantage. The trailer shows promise but I’m left
unimpressed. That said, I’ve rarely been disappointed by Howard and am
interested to see more. As always, tell me what you think in the comments below.

I agree entirely that Langella just doesn't look or sound so much like Nixon. His performance just doesn't compare to Josh Brolin's spot on take on George W. Bush, yet I can easily see this movie providing the same sort of inquisitive look inside the mind of one of the most powerful men in the history of the world. I particularly liked the emphasis on Nixon's glorious "well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal" dictum, and I hope that they emphasize the connection between that ideology and the lawless Scooter-Libby justice we are experiencing today.

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