The film’s worst moment occurs when the filmmakers resort to the hoariest of clichés as they present a getting-ready-to-battle montage right before the fourth and climatic interview. Clearly outmatched in the previous sessions, Frost must prepare for his last stand by digging deep in his soul and working for a change instead of relying on his usually effective, casual-charm offensive. You can all but hear the trumpet sounds of the “Rocky” theme as the montage unfolds.
“Frost/Nixon” is a Ron Howard film, which usually means a perfectly serviceable effort. The director’s films are tasteful to the point of being bland, enjoyable, but, still, bland. I kept waiting for “Frost/Nixon” to come to life, but, except for the bracing interview sequences and the two fine performances from the leads, it never does.
?BOB HARRIS has been hooked on movies since he was 13 when his brother got a job in a multi-plex and Bob saw all the movies he wanted for free. ?BOB HARRIS has been hooked on movies since he was 13 when his brother got a job in a multi-plex and Bob saw all the movies he wanted for free.