Nine (12A)

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Musicals

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Posted: Tue Dec 15 2009

Best wipe ‘8 1/2’ from your mind, or at least delay seeing Fellini’s loopy masterpiece, if you’re going to enjoy this angsty romp through the director’s 1963 film about a fictional Italian filmmaker, Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), who loses his mojo and might be about to lose his marbles and his marriage.

Surprisingly, though, there’s lots in this musical version, itself an adaptation of a 1980s Broadway show, that relates to the sombre heart of Fellini’s original. We still get Guido’s formative childhood memory of watching a prostitute perform on the beach (although this time it is Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas brilliantly belting out the film’s foot-tapping anthem ‘Be Italian’). We also get the lingering ghost of his mother (Sophia Loren!), the pain of his adultery and the madness of his creative impasse. Also, Fellini’s meshing of dream and reality is oddly suited to the unreal tendencies of a musical, although it’s anybody’s guess what the director would have made of Penélope Cruz throwing herself around in stockings and suspenders and upping the sex factor beyond anything Claudia Cardinale offered in the original.

The biggest difference, though, is that almost 50 years later, director Rob Marshall (‘Chicago’) is able to play the story of ‘8 1/2’ as a nostalgia piece. He fetishises the look and feel of 1960s Italy and especially Rome so that the film’s mood of artistic melancholia is expressed on a canvas that comes dangerously close to looking like an ad for Italian coffee. Marshall and his writers, including the late Anthony Minghella, also stress the humour of Guido’s philandering, often preferring that his inner turmoil goes no further than chain-smoking. To give Day-Lewis his due, the actor grounds the film’s sillier tendencies in a charming performance of mercurial despair. He’s well supported by Marion Cotillard, who conveys the sadness of being  Guido’s wife, although both Nicole Kidman as his leading lady and Kate Hudson as an admiring journalist are little more than window-dressing.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Dec 18, 2009

Duration:

100 mins

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Hayleigh

I starred in the musical Nine and thought the storyline was brilliant and when I discovered they were making a movie i thought it would be briliant. However, It wasn't. Aside from the fact they completely missed the point, the talents of the actors was wasted. The film lacked the passion and emotion the play created.

TrickyDicky

Neither having seen the original film, nor the musical, I didn’t really know what to expect – other than the cast was a filmmaker’s fantasy of leading ladies (and that’s the crux of the story within the story in any case). As someone had told me this film hadn’t had great reviews, I deliberately avoided stopping by TimeOut to see what Dave Calhoun had to say about it - I didn’t want to find myself picking holes in a film that had the potential to be great. The cast alone must have costs a few bucks. I’m not a great fan of musicals, but with the exception of a couple of “numbers�, the songs/music were good. A few of the leading ladies might have been wise to spend a little more time with their singing/music tutor. A few songs were just plain bland, but then you get toe-tapping numbers like “Be Italian�, superbly sung and danced to by Fergie, and you think “Wow�. The plot and range of emotions portrayed throughout are not overly taxing, so are well within the range of all the leading ladies – and the acting is flawless throughout, including that of DDL. This is a very visual film – with no great depths of emotion. I couldn’t engage with any of the characters – not even Cotillard, whom I greatly admire. Superb sets, photography, and eye catching costumes. Great to see, but I won’t go back to see it again in the hope of spotting hidden depths – I’m not sure there are any. I enjoyed the film, having no idea of what it was going to be like. It’s the sort of film the studio behind it won’t be ashamed of, but shouldn’t get their hopes up of making a fortune from when it goes to DVD. Worth 3 stars.

sonnyboy

We walk out half way through this rubbish film. Great actors and locations just wasted. Songs a 10 year old would conceive. Do not bother with this one.

MARIEN

I havent seen such a rubbish film for a long time, my friend booked it.It was a total waste of money, if it shows on TV I dont think people will watch it. It has no story, no event, no progression;, it gives an impression of emptiness, it is slow. There are too many close up on D DL as if he was a grat hero; yes, some of the scenes are beautiful : the ligting, the props the rythm but it stops there, the singing is awful.

Liz

Yes stuff grated, yes it seemed facile, but wan't there a metaphor here.? The film derides what grated and is facile. I also think in the grated and facile there was a bit that alot of the woman who watched it would, maybe privately, like to be a bit of. I loved to see Judy Dench playing her role...sexy and sensible. As I left this film with my two girlfriends it generated a surprising amount of discussion. What is real anyway...the lead man was indulging the apparently 'unreal' but was there a bigger metaphor to be appreciated here? Maybe it depends who is viewing.

Carmel

Don't understand all the negative reviews, it's as if some people were at a different movie, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE, going to see it again, and plan to buy the DVD, we need more movies like this, simply outstanding

Carmel

Don't understand all the negative reviews, it's as if some people were at a different movie, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE, going to see it again, and plan to buy the DVD, we need more movies like this, simply outstanding

R

Now I understand why this was a limited cinema release... What a rubbish film! The plot made no sense & missed out all the good bits from the stage version. What a waste of a good cast, I actually feel sorry for them! On a plus note, I loved Kate Hudson's song & Marillion Cotillard is always brilliant. Still though, don't waste your money.

Cappybear

A visual treat which seems better on reflection than it did at the time, but which is let down by really weak songs. Penelope Cruz ought to be in the frame once more for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

George

This movie, was ravishing, lovely, well lit in fantastic locations and beautifully shot. Unfortunately however it was self indulgent crap! Just like the movie within the movie, it had almost no script. A huge let down for me. What on earth were actors of this stature and ability doing in such a crap movie? God alone only knows. Beautiful but utter rubbish in my view. Do not waste your money.

Tome

MissO How can you say the actors can't sing? They sang very well. However that didn't save this movie from being one of the most boring of all time. I felt like falling asleep. Every cast member has a song which feels quite randomly put in. Awful film.

Paul

I went expecting not to like it but after a shakey start really enjoyed it with my partner. Such a strong cast and great songs and performances. Like Broken Embraces and Day For Night, it is a film about film making and moves between fantasy and reality. After seeing the puerile tosh that was Avatar, it was good to see something for grown-ups with a double digit reading age. Real actors with a good story and script - if you love cinema, its history, Fellini and this genre, go see it.

MissO

I could not believe how bad this movie was. Huge disappointment. I give it a 20% for the gorgeous lightening in some scenes, and a very sexy dance by Penelope Cruz (despite the strong mysogenist tone of the movie). But this does not save this movie which has not storyline whatsoever (you've seen in the trailer that it is about a director that has lost his passion, well, you won't get more than that!) and is relying way too much on a famous names, but not a good cast for this movie as none of the actors - except Fergie - can remotely sing. Daniel Day-Lewis should stick to his brilliant acting, and never ever submit us to his atrocious singing. It was boring, many people left during the movie, and I would have done the same if it wasnt for me being stuck on one end of the row. Dont waste your time or money on this movie.

streak100

I do not understand some of the stupid snobbish comments made about this film.We have just been to see it and found it quite superb in its filming and just plain entertaining.Quite what some of the reviewers are talking about I don't know and I'm sure they don't either.Go and see this film!!!!

AnnieD.

Well, lots of work on the part of cast and crew. It's a shame that it's all rather boring. DDL working too hard to be Italian and doesn't come close to Marcello. Where was the humour? Marion, exquisite, the cameraman loved you; Penelope fun and easy to watch, but I missed Claudia; Nicole; can't understand the attraction; Fergie, best actress w/o lines and a great "Be Italian"; Judi always plays Judi; Kate Hudson; forgettaboit. Sophia, ah Sophia. What pleasure you gave us all. Don't resent you taking the part, but we need to let you grow old, and perhaps you need to let yourself. Some good numbers, but mediocre cinema, easily forgotten. Not entirely a waste of my £9. but could have spent it on something more worthwhile.

Liv

What a let down. This film is tedious and at best, self indulgent. Fergie manages to out act all the actresses (and she doesn't even have any lines), Nicole Kidman had to have the key of her song changed so it's turned into a dirge, Day-Lewis is Day-Lewis with a funny walk and different costume, Cotillard was decent, Sophia Loren almost sent me screaming (that woman looks terrifying) and the story was just a bit pathetic. An egotistical man comes to terms with his egotistical ways and goes through an egotistical trip to find redemption... disgustingly he does- and we're supposed to feel pleased for this revolting man... Kidman's character Claudia says 'these women aren't real'- it's the only true moment in the film. I was so depressed coming out- the trailer had looked so good and I've been a fan of the music for a while. I wish they had just got some musical theatre actresses for it instead of 'names'. I'm giving it one star due to bad story, poorly written characters, 'star' casting without thought to quality and for just taking over an hour of my life away from me. Booo!

Kate

Nowhere near as good as the promo clip made it seem. Wait for it to come out on dvd. Fergie and Cotillard were pretty much the only good things in it.

usman khawaja

i loved coutillard as the deceived wife -and there is one great scene in the movie where she confronts lewis at a screen test-other than that the style is great and so are the costumes and choreography -but the script is dull -dench and loren are wasted - kidman comes turns right and left and twirls around and vanishes -DDL is not really a convincing fellini by any count -if he is playing the marstro as he is supposed to -its ok but disappoints overall -cruz was just cruising DDL -

Colin

This is close to being amasterpiece. Day-Lewis is on Oscar winning form as he succincylt plays the emptiness of the singing dick. Guido knows nothing acccept hedonistic sexual betrayal. The film interweaves memory, self-pity with the experiences of the women who Guido loved but did not love at all. All the supporting cast are great but Judi Dench proves that she can still do it - any genre, any time, any age. What a babe. Not quite a masterpiece because of it's slight self indulgency bu the best fun at the movies in 2009.

sasha

Sadly, very disappointing- dont waste your money if it's a musical you want. songs and singing were terrible. what was Dame Judi Dench doing in this! Very weak plot, of a womanising director who had lost the plot, lots of chain smoking and shots of him as a fledgling about to be lothario. all those big names didn't make this film interesting for me and I went home yearning to play Cabaret or some decent musical.

Lonell

This film is nothing short of a masterpiece. Its like a dreamscape of fantasy and memory merged with the harsh reality of devastingly broken relationships. Every member of this cast is used beautifully and bring their personal stories to each of these characters. It looks and feels beautiful!!!!!!! I cannot believe most American reviewers aren't embracing it. I hope that changes once it is released nation wide here. God Bless Rob Marshall!!!!!!!!!!

Lonell

This film is nothing short of a masterpiece. Its like a dreamscape of fantasy and memory merged with the harsh reality of devastingly broken relationships. Every member of this cast is used beautifully and bring their personal stories to each of these characters. It looks and feels beautiful!!!!!!! I cannot believe most American reviewers aren't embracing it. I hope that changes once it is released nation wide here. God Bless Rob Marshall!!!!!!!!!!