Review: Nine

Famed director Rob Marshall’s(Chicago) screen adaptation of “Nine” tells the story of Guido Contini, an Italian filmmaker who struggles to find a balance in his professional and personal life, as he tries to juggle relationships with his wife, his mother, his mistress, and his muse. All the while being guided by his wardrobe designer and mentor, played perfectly by Judi Dench.

Guido Contini is portrayed by the deliciously handsome Daniel Day-Lewis, he embodies the essence of a suave Italian man. He’s sexy, he chain smokes, and he sings quite well. Speaking of singing, the film features some great music yet the story dragged. I wanted to be into it but found myself waiting patiently until the next musical number played out on screen.

Both Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz are the ultimate standouts in this one,  proving once again why they are award caliber actresses. Cotillard gives an astounding performance as Louisa Contini, Day-Lewis’s loving and devoted wife. In the few scenes she appears in, she manages to exude the emotion and heart of a wife who is fed up with her husband’s infidelity. You feel her pain and hope for her to find peace and happiness when the final credits rolls. Cruz also shines as Guido Contini’s mistress, a role which was originally meant for Renee Zellweger , but I honestly can’t picture anyone else in the role of Carla besides Cruz.

The cast is rounded out with all star performances from Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, and Kate Hudson who is reminiscent of her mother Goldie Hawn as always. Hudson’s “Cinema Italiano” is a number that is sure to make movie goers dance in their seats.

However every rose has it’s thorns and this thorn was a dragging story that didn’t pick up until the last hour of the film. With amazing performances that were solid and brilliantly executed, “Nine” was sadly just a classic case of not giving great actors enough material to work with. For example, Nicole Kidman didn’t utter a single word until the last half hour of the film.

Even with the dragging story “Nine” still delivers. And if you enjoy musicals and looking at beautifully talented people, then “Nine” is a film that can’t be missed.  It’s not Marshall’s best effort, but it’s a great effort nonetheless.

My Grade: B+

Movie Stats:

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Fergie, and Sophia Loren

Runtime: 118 mins

Rating: PG-13



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