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It has a game, great-looking cast, led by the always worthwhile Daniel Day-Lewis, but Rob Marshall's Nine is chaotic and curiously distant.
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Though the film is uneven, it is worth seeing for the good parts. Daniel Day-Lewis does a credible job.
Rob Marshall falls flat with this surprisingly unengaging piece of eye candy.
Every song is a character reading with a revelation to convey as Guido desperately tries to sort out his future as artist, husband and lover.
Nine is, if not a grand work, terrifically tasty eye and ear candy. Two numbers -- from somewhat unexpected quarters -- are worth the price of admission alone.
Nine should have been called 4Â 1/2 because it doesn't come close to the work of the master who inspired it.
The film suffers from the simple fact that its songs aren't memorable.
It's just so visually stunning and beautiful and different that I think that if you're an animation fan it's definitely one that you should have seen.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better cast in any film this year.
Day-Lewis shows a previously unseen penchant for song and dance. Cruz, though, is the real star turn with a very sexy number. But in parts it's flat, and some more melodrama or plot would not have gone amiss.
It's a funny and not the least bit disingenuous moment that speaks to both the power of good storytelling to draw in people regardless of creed, and to the power glamor has over even the most ascetic individuals
While Fellini pondered the possibilities of sin and redemption, Nine 's all-singing, all-dancing, all-laughing remake proffers a mindless celebration of capital S (as in silly ) sin.
Though it wasn't the best movie musical, Nine certainly had its moments.
Glamour, beauty and half a dozen Oscar winners starring in a Broadway musical based on Fellini, what could go wrong? Well, the movie is a total bore, pure style over no substance. Most of the songs are annoying, everything is so cold and distant, and I couldn't wait to see it end.
My first viewing was eccelente, but the second viewing felt a bit stagnant. I was really psyched by the trailer, but since I abhor both "8 1/2" and "Chicago" (also helmed by Rob Marshall) and since critics were saying it's a mess, I came into this movie prepared to dislike it. It's messy in places, but the match cut transitions from scene to stage work better here than in "Chicago." The music is lively, and the virtuoso cast deliver virtuoso performances.
Fergie may be a pop star, but make no mistake, she can belt. "Be Italian" is the best singing performance of the film - such drama and yearning. Marion Cotillard gives perhaps the best acting performance. "My Husband Makes Movies" is heartbreaking, and "Take It All" is kinky in a very tragic way. I rather like Kate Hudson's "Cinema Italiano" even though her character is merely a bouffanted yes-woman in the movie unlike in the stage show.
I'm surprised that Penelope Cruz was nominated for a GG though. She's quite sexy and tortured in her non-musical scenes, but her singing voice is a little thin, and she doesn't extend her limbs fully when she dances. Nevertheless, kudos for getting by on pure moxie cuz that's what you really need if you haven't got the pipes or the gams.
Daniel Day-Lewis is serviceable and charismatic, and Judy Dench is certainly a saucy dame. She speaks through a lot of "Folies Bergere," but it works. Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren are underused, but they're still beautiful and iconic, respectively.
Overall, a brilliant spectacle with a surprisingly moody script that captures much of its source material's existential angst.
A famous Italian director (rhymes with Fellini) is stuck for ideas for his next expected blockbuster and along the way he's gotta figure out where his charmed life went wrong. But just because you want to do a meaningful musical though doesn't necessarily guarantee results, even with Rob Marshall directing. On the other hand, you can get smashing performances from some of Hollywood's leading (if not famous for musical) ladies. Penelope Cruz (!), Dame Judi Dench (!), and Kate Hudson (!), not known for being hoofers, particularly crank this mother up.
Sometimes you need to weigh up your options. Either you go by the director (who happens to have made one of the worst and most overrated films ever with "Chicago") or you go by the actor (who has delivered consistantly memorable performances in his career with "My Left Foot", "Gangs of New York" and "There Will Be Blood"). In this case I went with the actor but that still didn't save a poor director, poorly plying his trade.
1960s Italy. Once-celebrated film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) struggles with his unwritten script for his comeback film. Looking for inspiration, he turns to his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his wife (Marion Cotillard), his muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidante (Judi Dench) and his childhood memories to solve his crisis, with unsuccessful yet well-sung results.
I really wanted to like this film as I'm a big fan of Daniel Day-Lewis and the impressive cast of females has rarely, if ever, been bettered. However, I'm not big on musicals or director Rob Marshall for that matter. Thankfully, this is not quite as bad as Marshall's overrated stinker "Chicago", but it isn't much better either. Day-Lewis was my main reason for attempting this and considering he's quite fastidious in his choices, I thought I'd follow his lead on this one. I was wrong and so was he in choosing this meandering borefest. The look of the film is gorgeous, as expected, with fabulous production design and cinematography and the ladies (oh the ladies) look amazing and deliver their song and dance numbers competently. Having Judi Dench in a corset was just a tad too much for my liking though. It was around this point in the movie that I realised this thinly veiled attempt at recreating a muscial of Frederico Fellini's "8 1/2" was a great waste of talent.
A lush and extravagant musical that has style in abundance. Substance is what it lacks though, leaving a great cast struggling to save it from tedium. Suited to fans of the genre only.
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