HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Killer Therapy
Man Upstairs, The
Bloodhound, The
New Mutants, The
Tesla
Flame of New Orleans, The
Ham on Rye
Imperial Blue
Tenet
August 32nd on Earth
Don is Dead, The
Seven Sinners
Body of Water
Away
Soul
About Endlessness
Let It Snow
Ava
Deliver Us from Evil
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Midnight Sky, The
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, The
Mon Oncle Antoine
Blast of Silence
Blackout, The
Stars in Your Eyes
Alone
Climate of the Hunter
Farewell Amor
Let's Scare Julie
Okko's Inn
Shaolin vs. Wu Tang
Fatman
Butt Boy
Dog of Flanders, The
Bushido Blade, The
Jiu Jitsu
Blind
Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie
Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?
   
 
Newest Articles
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
   
 
  Nine Director's Rut
Year: 2009
Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Stacy Ferguson, Ricky Tognazzi, Giuseppe Cederna, Elio Germano, Roberto Nobile, Andrea de Stefano, Francesca Fanti, Enzo Cilenti, Vincent Riotta
Genre: Musical, Drama, RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a film director whose work is much loved all over the world, but especially in his native Italy. However, the anticipation for his next movie is at fever pitch and he has not written a single word of the script, with filming supposed to be beginning in less than two weeks. He dutifully attends press conferences and charms the journalists while evading all questions about what precisely the effort will be about, mainly because he does not know himself. To complicate matters, his mistress Carla (Penélope Cruz) wants to see him and he cannot deny her, which his wife (Marion Cotillard) must not discover...

Director Rob Marshall had enjoyed a huge success with the big screen adaptation of musical Chicago, so it was natural that he would want to replicate that hit with another Broadway success. He attempted that with Nine, the American version of the Italian musical based around Federico Fellini's , but this love letter to cinema as it was presumably intended to be fell very flat with audiences, and in spite of a cast of Oscar winners nobody was very interested in seeing it. It's not as if Chicago was very much different in its ambitions, but somehow nothing here clicked, with the result a wearisome and turgid experience.

Even those who loved the stage production found it hard to get behind what Marshall had done here, complaining he had cut too many of the songs and having issues with the presentation. It's not as if all those actresses playing the women in Guido's life were a dead loss, and they were all evidently very pleased to be strutting their stuff and belting out the tunes, but it was all to curiously little effect. At the heart was a problem in Day-Lewis's offputting and mannered performance, difficult to warm to and not helping that his character was hopelessly self-absorbed and unconvincing as the great artist he was built up in the script to be.

The writers were not especially bad at what they did either: Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella (to whom the film is dedicated due to his untimely death during production) had much-lauded works in their respective filmographies, yet they never got a handle on the material here. Nobody did really, with the comparisons the film was courting to Fellini a bad idea, unavoidable of course, but inevitably coming up short when he had made so many classics and Nine missed his particular style by miles. If anything this was overproduced within an inch of its life, with everything ornate, flamboyant, sights set on the grand emotions, and none of it satisfying in spite of the strenuous efforts of all concerned.

Guido's worrying over his upcoming project simply did not translate to an engaging story, and the fact that he was feeding the aspects of his life into this non-existent screenplay he was labouring over failed to make him too sympathetic either. There were interesting parts that threatened to command the audience's attention, such as the idea that as an artist Guido was exploiting those who loved him all for the sake of his calling, but this turned to a wallow in self-pity rather than something more incisive and vital. Making the numbers as essentially fantasy sequences in his mind did a disservice to the original as well, as if the film lacked the courage to offer them as straight, traditional musical stylings, but in truth it did not help that in these hands none of the songs stood out as anywhere near the showstoppers they seemed to think they were; if anything, they sounded samey. Good for those who liked to see famous actresses looking glamorous, but precious little amusement otherwise.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1995 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
   

 

Last Updated: