THERE is a danger of this being dismissed as a middle-aged person’s movie – after all, is there anyone under 30 who truly understands the significance of the titular TV encounter?
The fact is, however, that anyone who is remotely interested in the art of politics, recent history or TV milestones will find director Ron Howard’s latest film utterly compelling.
Writer Peter Morgan continues his run of amazing success after The Queen and The Last King of Scotland with a stunning screenplay adaptation of his hit stage play based on the legendary small screen interviews conducted by David Frost with disgraced President Richard Nixon in 1977.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is little more that a dramatisation of two talking heads – Morgan and Howard ensure we know both protagonists before the historic encounters take place.
Most people are aware of the Watergate scandal which forced Nixon’s resignation in 1974 but few may be aware of the parallels with Frost’s life at the same time.
Frost had been an icon of 60s British television but by the mid-70s was considered a has-been, exiled in Australia with seemingly no way back into the limelight.
He spent thousands of his own money to land the interviews with Nixon and then only managed it because Nixon’s advisors considered him a lightweight.
In the hands of actors Michael Sheen (Frost) and Frank Langella (as Nixon), these men are brought to life and we are on the edge of our seats by the time they go in front of the cameras.
STAR RATING: ****