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Movie Review: Nine January 1, 2010

Posted by shwaldman in Society.
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I saw this one in the theater, but… Netflix Synopsis: Movie director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) is in the throes of a midlife crisis, struggling to write 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.

I can not say am a big fan of musicals made into major movies. Musicals are fun to watch at the theater on stage, but not a movie. And I also can not say that I am well versed in the historical background of this particular show, though I have heard there is a lot of it – even though I did not hear anything about it until this movie came out. So, like all other musicals, when the actors sudden break into song, I feel like it detracts from the story line. (I am not sure why the stage makes this better – it just does).

That all being said, Nine was actually interesting. It had a good storyline, although it certainly was very slow at times. It had some great actors – Day-Lewis and Cruz stood out, for sure. And I think the fact that it was about a director that was trying to create his next great movie helped the spontaneous singing find a place. I also enjoyed the look into the periods of time in Italy. It was good period piece.

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