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Rapid Reviews – Frost/Nixon

May 16, 2009

I like Ron Howard. He seems like a nice guy in interviews, he narrated and produced Arrested Development, and you know what you are going to get from one of his films-a strong cast, high production value, compelling subjects, Clint Howard. And that’s what you have in Frost/Nixon. But I can’t help but feel underwhelmed by this movie, as I feel about most Ron Howard films. Although it is technically sound in every way, there is no artistry, no vision. And the truth is, it seems like Howard just keeps remaking the same movie. I see very little thematic difference (and only minor plot changes) between this and Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man. On the surface, they may seem vastly different, but peel back one layer and you find the underdog, the historical figure getting his due, the final, rousing showdown, Clint Howard. Yes, you get exactly what you would expect and that just leaves me feeling flat.

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