The good thing about Dick is the fact that it is set in the hilarious comedic setting of the watergate scandal in alternate history, yet it feels so simple. The story never goes too big in its scale or too far in its reach and it just always feels like a simple little comedy with a complex background context.
In many areas, it's even superior to Oliver Stone's biopic about the eponymous president. For one thing, the title is more true than Nixon, since the president was a Dick. But also the fact is that Dick manages to explain elements of Watergate very simply without leaving much to the imagination, explaining more about it than Nixon did. And even in its fictional universe it is clear that the creators of Dick have gone through rigorous background checking to ensure that the story is logical and even by some ridiculous chance actually possible.
It's interesting to look back at Dick now because since the existence of the true Deep Throat came forth 6 years after the release of Dick, it's funny to look back at a world where people didn't have answers and so the fictional universe created by Writer-Director Andrew Fleming. While it's not as funny any more, it's still rather humourous to look at in the contemporary age.
Plus, Dick benefits from a good soundtrack which features some great musical pieces iconic of the time, as well as some fine cinematography and a convincing production design for the time.
But the cast of the film is where the main source of energy in the film comes from the cast members.
Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst make an appealing pair of leads in Dick because they have such youthful vibrant energy in them with Michelle Williams portraying the nerd and Kirsten Dunst portraying the hippie with a lot of passion for the roles. And their efforts are quite funny since they share a great chemistry with an almost sisterly bond between them. They keep the comedic atmosphere of the story light and give it some good movements which makes them an appealing pair of leads.
Dan Hedaya not only looks more like Richard Nixon than Anthony Hopkins did in the biographical film Nixon, but through a very simple effort manages to capture all the natural physical movements of the President as well as all the ideal voice articulation. He plays the character off less as the man that the public saw him as and more as the comedic movie villain they make him out to be in Dick. Dan Hedaya does a great job in the role, both as an actor doing a comedic job and an actor playing the role of the famous presidential wrongdoer.
And Will Ferrell is hilarious in one of his much earlier roles by showing within his brief screen time just what his comedic talents are really all about
Ryan Reynolds is cool to see so early on as well.
So Dick is a dated film and it's comedy is hit and miss in parts, but the talents of its actors and it's light heart is energetic which gives it plenty of comedic spirit.
also stars Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Dave Foley, Teri Garr, Ana Gasteyer and Devon Gummersall.
directed by Andrew Fleming.