Saw this with one of the worst crowds of my life.
Movie director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) is in the throes of a midlife crisis, struggling to finish his film while juggling relationships with wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard), mistress Carla (Penélope Cruz), muse Claudia (Nicole Kidman), producer Lilli (Judi Dench) and his mother (Sophia Loren). Rob Marshall (Chicago) helms this musical based on the Broadway smash; Stacy Ferguson and Kate Hudson co-star.
Personally, I don’t really like musicals. I mean sometimes I will watch them and I find some of the music numbers very fun and exciting, and this one to be truly honest fit that description in some ways.
I hated Chicago so much! So when I heard Marshall was coming out with another musical, I really just wanted to avoid this like a plague. But, I got a chance to see it, and suprisingly it came out better than I expected. Most of this film is part realistic, part fantasy, and you can really tell when this happens.
In the beginning, the film was very slow, and the music barely was lifted off its feat. And this pattern would happen every once and again, which really threw me off. Sometimes, I got fed up with the slow pace, and decided to give up, but then an amazing musical number would come out, and sweep me off my feat.
I will say one thing about the music in this film, is that it surely is entertaining. Every time a song comes on you just feel this total bolt of energy go through the whole theater. I did find myself close dancing in my seats, and after the song I couldn’t stop just singing its catchy chorus’.
The film does have a very good and dazzling look. The lighting for the performances, bring out so many moods of how these characters feel, is just what makes the look and feeling perfect. Plenty of the settings of Italy look real well, and you feel like this place can become a character of itself too.
Daniel Day-Lewis as usual, does give a good performance here, but has this character that always seems to mess his life up until the very end, and has no problems with it, so i didn’t find him very likable. The rest of the cast does good as well, Penélope Cruz despite her amazingly gorgeous looks, does really give a solid and heart-broken performance here as the mistress.
Consensus: Nine has a great cast, great look, and some very exciting musical numbers, but at times feels distant, and gets way too slow at so many points.