I had two thoughts after I saw Nine: One, the movie’s main character, Guido Contini is the Tiger Woods of the film world and, two, I want to be Kate Hudson. A lot of people have been hating on the film and it hasn’t done very well at the US box office, but it’s still a spectacle worth seeing. I thought it would be more like Chicago, given that director Rob Marshall was helming, but it has a very different feel. The film is actually based on a musical that's based on an Italian play that's based on director Federico Fellini's movie 8 1/2. Got all that? And it’s chock-a-block with Oscar-winning names.
Daniel Day-Lewisworks his Italian accent as Guido Contini (based on Fellini), a famous director who's struggling to find inspiration for his much-anticipated ninth film. His accent kept taking me out of the film and I wondered if the role might have been even sexier and spicier with original choice Javier Bardem (and Penelope Cruz's boyfriend) as the lead. Keep reading . . .
The majority of the film consists of musical numbers from Guido’s entourage of women who take the stage one at a time to tell their own part of the story. Particularly memorable are Fergie's tour de force "Be Italian" and Kate Hudson's OTT, music video-like "Cinema Italiano." Kate beat out both Anne Hathaway and Sienna Miller for the part and the song was written especially for her character. Her go-go dancing spectacle must have made mama Goldie proud since she started her career as a go-go dancer (the precursor to pole dancing).
Penelope is a sex bomb and plays a role similar to her Oscar-winning role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona—she’s once again a bunny boiling, crazed mistress. Marion Cotillard is also great and Nicole Kidman holds her own with the singing and acting. You have to give her props considering she took the role just six months after giving birth to daughter Sunday.
The story as a whole is a hot mess, but you just have to sit back and enjoy the razzle-dazzle. Nine has plenty of glitz, glamour and fun to make for a solid two hours of entertainment, but unfortunately it may be remembered as the film that's like Chicago, but just not as good.