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NINE

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 4 Mar 2010
Genre: Romance / Musical
Running Time: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Distributor: TAYANGAN UNGGUL
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard
Director: Rob Marshall
Format: NA

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Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

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Watch this if you liked: “Moulin Rouge”, “Faubourg 36”, “Chicago”

To the great majority of the audience in this region who has never seen a Federico Fellini film, especially the 1963 black-and-white classic "8 ½" from which the Broadway adaption of this was spun off on, then "Nine" is a lavish, retro musical conceived by the director of "Chicago" who put Kate Hudson and Black Eyed Peas' Fergie in its cast lineup. To the rest, perhaps this outing will be mostly to admire Daniel Day-Lewis and his marvellous chameleonic roles, which include the one in this where he actually has a very decent voice!

Yes, the feared method actor manages to surprise us with a singing performance that's laudable (instead of laughable, like Pierce Brosnan who moaned like a water buffalo in "Mamma Mia") and our last Mohican goes from his memorable turn as a power-crazy oil man ("There Will Be Blood") to an exhausted filmmaker in Guido Contini, a man, pushing 50 with 'a mind that's nearly 10' (as he sings and laments), not to mention a serious writer's block and plenty of women around him who seem to make it worse. Our maestro is joined by his tired wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard), his illicit lover Carla (Penelope Cruz), his muse Claudia (Nicole Kidman), his confidante (Judi Dench) and his glamourous mother (Sophia Loren), not to mention temptresses past and present in a seductive whore (Fergie) and a flirty fashionista (Kate Hudson).

Replacing Nina Rota's soundtrack is the half-inspiring music of Maury Yeston, who composed and wrote lyrics for the songs. They're not immediately memorable or outstanding but some numbers like 'Guarda La Luna' (Look At The Moon) sung by Sophia Loren does impress, whereas Kate Hudson's MTV-glossed 'Cinema Italiono' is entertaining. The highlight performance you've been hearing about is Cotillard belting the Oscar-nominated original song "Take It All", and deservedly so if you combine the power of that number with her own acclaimed powerhouse turn as French songbird Édith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose".

The whole experience is somewhat underwhelming despite a stellar cast that even lets us have another look at the fading stars of Sophia Loren and Judi Dench in their twilight years. You can watch "Nine" for the actors but if you're looking for a memorable musical, this simply misses the right note most of the time.


Cinema Online, 23 February 2010
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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