Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nine (2009)

Director: Rob Marshall. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson. 118 min. Rated PG-13. USA/Italy. Musical.

Call it Chicago ... without a story. The qualms and dilemmas of a Fellini-esque movie director is not enough to make full use of Day-Lewis' incredible acting skills, as he's mostly sitting in a corner, obsessing about his miserable life. And the over-abundance of superstar actresses is distracting at best. The only element that kept me going, was the beautiful photography (and of course, the stunning choreography). Surprisingly, Fergie's sequence is the best.

Mo says:


  1. Just boring! Maybe the good performance of Penelope - as always - and being curious about the final destiny of director were my only excuses of going onto the second half. I also felt wonder among all of possible options why they chose Daniel Day-Lewis for such a non-exciting role? As you mentioned his abilities are much more than this.

  2. You're wondering why they chose Day-Lewis; I'm wondering why he accepted!

  3. Dear Farzaneh :
    If it’s boring what are you saying about original version (8 1/2) which “Nine “ was inspired from !In front of that “Nine’ seems more attractive remake or adaptation!
    But don’t go wrong about Fellini , because I saw another masterpiece of him recently “La Dolce Vita “ or” life is sweet “, nearly 3 hours but never becomes boring .Don’t miss it if you haven’t seen it yet.

  4. Dear Maryam,

    Actually I had heard about "8 1/2" before "Nine" but I've not seen it yet(and I guess I never will). And don't be worried about Fellini, as far as his "La Strada" (The Road) remains among top ten of the best movies I've ever seen. Hope I'll be able to see "La Dolce Vita" soon!