|11.07.09||Netflix||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2009|
A british guy interviews Nixon and is triumphant when he gets him to admit that he sucks.
Not to take anything away from Ron Howard who did a very good job with this (my fear was that it'd be two people in a room talking for two hours. It kinda way but not in the way that a lot of filmed plays really bore me. There was only one full-out speech and that took me out of it but oh well, could've been a lot worse), but I think this is a movie completely sitting on actors' shoulders. Were it not for Frank Langella (playing a bit more Anthony Hopkins' Nixon than real Nixon to me) and Sam Rockwell and Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen... it wouldn't have been much. I realize you can say that about every play ever made so to say it about a movie based on a play is pretty weak but... whatever. Let's put Pauly Shore in here and see what the critics say.
Anyway, it was ok. Interesting enough story for someone who wasn't alive when it happened. I feel like Stone's Nixon gives a much better portrait, but watching this as a follow-up to that film would be pretty nice.
Ok, what's next...