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Nine

For those that like a bit of song and dance, Nine crackles with energy and verve. For those that want well-developed story lines and deep, meaningful characters, perhaps it would be best to look elsewhere. Director Rob Marshall returns to the ground he covered before in Chicago after a detour with his work, Memoirs Of A Geisha.


The main protagonist of the piece is Guido Contini (played by a chain smoking Daniel Day-Lewis), a narcissistic mommy’s boy who revels in being the bad boy artist while being surrounded by people that prop him up and keep him working. His main nursemaid is Lilli (Judi Dench). Dench has the least repulsive role in the film and celebrates with a bit of cleavage baring song and dance herself.

Guido is suffering from writer’s block and the movie is built around the fantasies he sees in his head while dealing with his wife, lover, muse, mother, seamstress, agent and of course the pressures of fame. As the many cliché moments add up, it becomes quite the relief when the music kicks in, the toes start tapping and the main storyline is set aside.

The song and dance numbers provide by far the film’s standout moments and the list of female actors that dance in Guido’s head and in the film’s fantastic set pieces is impressive. It’s with the characterizations that the film loses it appeal, as almost everyone is so self-involved, it leaves little room for anyone else including us the viewers.
Rob Hudson
www.nine-movie.com

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