The movie transforms the wily Nixon into a sympathetic figure -- a familiarly 'complicated' movie character, and hardly one of the darkest and most fascinating souls in 20th century America.
That is a foolish statement, and one that makes me wonder how closely you paid attention while watching the film as this is one of the issues that the film actually addresses. Sam Rockwell's character expresses this very sentiment, urging David Frost not to let up on Nixon just because he has seen his "human" side. It's the things that Nixon has done in the past that he still needs to be held accountable for. But that's the dilemma, both for the characters involved in the interviews and for the viewer. It's hard work to skewer someone after the fact. And it's relevant to our own situation with and exiting president. We are asking ourselves this very same question: Should we still seek to nail him to the wall, or is his own implosion punishment enough? Are we weak pacifists if we let it go, or are we merciless with-hunters if we pursue him to the end? That is a fundamental question at the center of "Frost/Nixon," and one that very much needs to be discussed right now. To have a dialog of this sort and utterly disregard the soul of the man is, in essence, morally unjust.
Jan 12 - 09:23 AM
The movie blows. Thank you for seeing the light.
Jul 25 - 08:56 AM