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Nine Movie Review
Lots of Music and Lots of Glamour!
The dazzling star cast of Nine will probably be reason enough to watch the film for a lot of movie-goers. Nonetheless, on this lens you will be able to read my review for it, watch its trailer and leave your own comments.
Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
Genre: Romance, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Fergie
Director: Rob Marshall
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37%
IMDB Users Rating: 6.1/10
'Memoirs of a Geisha' didn't really work out for Academy Award nominated director Rob Marshall so he returned to what everyone thinks he does best: Musicals. His 2002 opus 'Chicago' won accolades around the world (even if it frequently makes 'Worst Best Picture Winners' lists) and snagged six Academy Awards including wins for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.
Given the success of 'Chicago', it goes without saying that Marshall's latest musical 'Nine' had a lot to live up to. Marshall, unwisely, added to the pressure by assembling one of the best ensemble casts in cinematic history: 6 Oscar winners, 1 Oscar nominee and a Grammy winner- all of whom are superstars in their own right: The excellent Daniel Day Lewis, playing the Italian filmmaker Guido Contini, leads the stellar female star cast which includes some of the most beautiful and talented women in showbiz: From screen legend Sophia Loren who plays Lewis' mother and Judi Dench who plays his confidante/assistant to the three women in love with him: his muse Nicole Kidman, his mistress Penelope Cruz and his long-suffering wife, Marion Cotillard. The flirtations of an American journalist (played by a radiant Kate Hudson) and the childhood memories of a prostitute (played with surprising intensity by pop singer Fergie) add to the complications in Lewis' life- both professional and personal.
Nine is based on the acclaimed Broadway production '8Â½' and its talented cast gives good performances- so where does it go wrong? Well there are two reasons for the abysmal reception to the film: its transition to the screen is obviously less smooth than it was for Chicago- and it is pretty much Marshall's fault: He dilutes and confuses the very essence of what made the original pulsate. In addition to Marshall's clumsy interpretation for the material, 'Nine' also suffered because expectations from the film had skyrocketed so much that it could not help but disappoint. Because I was aware of the film's misfortunes, both at the hands of audiences and critics, my expectations were humble- and that is why I'll have to say the film did not go down too badly with me- even if it remains an underwhelming effort. I would also place a part of the blame on the musical numbers themselves: Apart from a couple, the songs are bland and there is not much good performances and flashing costumes could do to salvage them. On the plus side, the beauty and acting chops on display are remarkably fine: Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Judi Dench stand out particularly. Also, Hudson shines in her upbeat musical performance and Nicole Kidman looks a vision in a role perfectly suited to her.
Bottom Line: For all its hopes of being the next Moulin Rouge and, of course, Chicago, Nine is a highly forgettable film. Nonetheless, it boasts splendid cinematography and excellent performances.
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