Feb 28, 2011

Nine - the movie (Sorry Daniel Day-Lewis)

I just finished watching the movie 'Nine'.   Thanks to Netflix I am ever so slowly catching up on all of the movies I haven't seen in the last three years (partly due to my neurosis regarding bedbugs in movie theaters and also because I have discovered watching anything in bed is much more enjoyable than in public).   Anyhoo, so I saw the preview for Nine eons ago and then when the movie came out it had a loud bang and sort of fizzled out.   Considering the cast, which I will get to in a moment, I really could not understand how the movie tanked.   And now I have watched it and I understand completely.
Nine Poster
Is it even necessary to add a spoiler alert heading when the movie is a few years old?   Oh well, spoiler....
The movie had no plot.   I mean, it did, but it went absolutely fucking nowhere.   It went in circles, around greats like Dame Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Daniel Day-Lewis.   Yes, my Daniel Day-Lewis- LEGEND of everything I loved in movies and love in movie stars.   I can't list everything but here are the ones that I can name off the top of my head- Last of the Mohican's, The Crucible, Gangs of New York, Gandhi...I mean, he is incredible.   To watch him in this with these movie vixens all fighting for his attention, that is believable...but there was no progression- it was singing, dancing, 'Hey Guido' and eye liner...but nothing beyond that for me. Fergie was an odd cast member because she just isn't as good as um, say, Nicole Kidman.   There was a lot of sparkle and big hair and undergarments, but this was such a boring movie for me (AND I LIKE MUSICALS) I actually played Original Ganstaz on my phone through a lot of it  (what, we were in a war).   Penelope Cruz did have an amazing song and dance routine that was absolutely awash in sexual aggression and absolutely teased the viewers- loved it when she did that sliding down the banister thing.

Here is the IMDB Synopsis:
Nine tells the story of Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), a world famous film director as he confronts an epic mid-life crisis with both creative and personal problems. He must balance the many women of his life, including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie) and his mother (Sophia Loren).

The original 1982 Broadway production of NINE, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, won five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Rob Marshall's "Chicago" won 6 Academy Awards. This film is Rob's latest foray into the world of Hollywood and perhaps his best to date. Based on the Fellini film 8 1/2 (which describes the number of films Guido has directed to date... he co-directed one for the 1/2)... this version simply is magical as it transforms reality into fantasy. Marshall is incredibly gifted in his wonderful choreography and the musical numbers are magical. Marshall himself said the most difficult part of translating a show into a film is that you have to weave the singing and dancing in seamlessly. It is breathtaking to watch that achievement in this musical on the screen. Marshall's use of black and white versus color and back are well conceived and executed tastefully. You never ask yourself why they are now singing and dancing. You sit back and watch the dance numbers take shape in what is now bigger than life. The sand number in particular was spectacular and you wonder how the dancers ever could get through the number with the sand swirling around the set. This is simply a wonderfully conceived musical which will take you into the mind of the "maestro" director Guido and transport you into a wonderful state of mind for nearly two hours. To have Dame Judy Dench, Penelope Cruz, Fergie, Kate Hudson (yes, she can sing and dance), Nicole Kidman, the still beautiful Sophia Loren (so they used filters!), and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, in one cast is a visual treat. Each and every one of the ladies adds to Guido's enigma... and how to put the pieces back together so he can direct yet another movie is what keeps this movie so enticing. Really brilliant job by Rob Marshall who shares the praise with the late Anthony Minghella, who Marshall said handed him the script just before Minghella entered the hospital. Marshall is effusive in his praise of Minghella's contribution to this movie.

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