I went to see Mortal Kombat: Frost/Nixon Cage Match today.
- The faux documentary style of the film featuring interviews of key players presumably looking back on their role in the Frost/Nixon affair was unnecessary, kind of cheesy, and lent the whole production an air of made-for-TV quality. I’m 95% sure you can find this on the History channel already somewhere, although I suppose Ron Howard gets bonus points for not having to deal with commercial interruption. I don’t know if this is how the play is structured, but if it is then it doesn’t translate well on screen.
- They went a little overboard with the hand-to-hand combat metaphors, what with both Frost and Nixon saying “YOU ARE A WORTHY OPPONENT” every ten seconds. WE GET IT. When Frost looked like he was down for the count and that he was never going to recover from Nixon nearly exonerating himself in the first three interview sessions, I wanted a deep-voiced narrator to come on saying “FINISH HIM!“
- Dear President Nixon: It’s probably in your best interests to not drunk dial me in the middle of the night. Love, David Frost.
- I don’t understand the purpose of the Caroline Cushing character. She meets Frost on a plane and apparently her run in with him is enough to make her take up living arrangements with him for the next several years, her sole functions apparently being army candy and deli gopher. I get that if a person was, historically, in the story as it took place they should probably be in the movie version but… yeah.
- Kevin Bacon was basically Nixon’s personal bodyguard and biggest fanboy. I like this because in JFK, Bacon’s character says, “That motherfucker Kennedy stole that motherfuckin’ election [...] Nixon was gonna be one of the great presidents ’till Kennedy wrecked it up.” Speaking of Kennedy, Oliver Platt’s impersonation of Nixon’s potential answers to questions was hilarious when he had Nixon comparing himself to Kennedy.
- I think I am a fan of Sam Rockwell.
- Frost has continuous trouble during the interview process in lining up enough money to actually finance and air the interviews. It seems to me he could have saved a lot of money if he had stayed at a less swanky hotel, but I suppose personal comfort should not be sacrificed in the name of justice through the media.
- It makes me happy that Captain Picard’s BFF from the Academy was in this as one of Nixon’s Secret Service attendants. If Nixon ever needs a dom-jot table rigged or wants to start a bar fight with a group of angry Nausicaans, he knows where to turn.
- Bottom line there’s some really good acting in this movie and all of the characters (save Ms. Cushing) are nicely fleshed out with complex motives and emotions even if those characters don’t get a lot of screen time. I don’t know, it’s like The Queen and I feel like movies about stuff that happened on TV don’t necessarily make for super riveting films.
Categories: 3 Stars