March 16, 2010

At the Movies: Nine

NineIn Nine, Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a writer/director set to begin production of his new and expensive film in just a few days but he has a small problem: there is no script and it doesn't look like there will be one soon. So begins a week in which Guido spirals around in fantasy, music and the many women in his life.

There is the memory of his mother (played by Sophia Loren), a beach side prostitute of his childhood (Fergie), his Muse (Nicole Kidman), a costume mistress (Judy Dench), a reporter hot for his form (Kate Hudson), his wife Louisa (Marion Cotillard) and his long time mistress Carla (Penelope Cruz).

We see a musical number as each woman tells her Guido-story and let me tell you, some of these numbers were superb.

The movie, overall, is a bit irregular, parts drag and get boring but some of the musical numbers make up for it. Marion Cotillard stole and broke my heart as Louisa and both her musical numbers were amazing -I specially liked "Take it All". The show's stealer is, without a doubt, Kate Hudson, singing Cinema Italiano like a pro!

The other ladies were adequate, I guess. Penelope Cruz was alright, I'm not a fan of hers and I felt like she was trying to channel Sophia Loren (as in trying to imitate an Italian Actress, I mean) and that was weird since Sophia Loren was in the movie too. Nicole Kidman and Judy Dench were a little better. Fergie surprised me because she looked so old and beat down but that was part of the point of her character and it made sense.

Over all I liked the movie for the musical that it was but it was hard to sympathize with Guido at times -he came off as a "Poor little me"-character most of the time - and, like I said, the movie loses it's pace a few times.

Rate: B+

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