This Oscar-nominated adaptation of Peter Morgan's popular Broadway play, a drama centering on a series of revelatory television interviews between British talk show host David Frost and former President Richard Nixon. Frank Langella reprises his Tony Award-winning stage role as Nixon.See what I mean about aspirational art. I was holding an Oscar nominated, Tony Award winning chunk of American history. This is the kind of thing a thinking person should feel compelled to watch. And many of them do relish watching these kinds of movies. Namely, my husband.
"Really?" he asked when I announced I wanted to watch the movie on a Monday night. His excitement was tinged with a hint of suspicion. "Were you planning on falling asleep on the couch?"
It's a little awkward when someone knows your proclivities so well. When I told one of my movie loving BFF's that Frost/Nixon had made the dubious cut for aspirational art she was horrified. "Do you realize I watched that movie five times?" she asked. "And the first three times I saw it were in the theater. And I watched all nine hours of the original interviews."
|But isn't this Nixon?!?|
"That's Nixon," said my husband, giving me the evil eye.
I decided I needed to make a better effort and focus. And to my surprise it was entertaining and *gasp* engaging. But here's the more important question. Did I learn anything?
I did! I learned I am happy 1970s style sideburns are no longer popular for the male population at large (hipsters being the obvious exception).
Okay, I also learned that sometimes there is a reason why Oscar nominated, Tony Award winning productions receive accolades. I'd probably learn a lot more if I sat down and watched the full nine hours of original interviews, but really, what's the point of having amazingly smart, slightly obsessive friends if you can't count on them to fill you in on certain details.
P.S. No snowmen were harmed in the writing of this post.
P.S.S. However, I might be when my Frost/Nixon obsessed friend reads the post title.