Nine is from director Rob Marshall. First put on a Broadway stage in 1982 with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Released in 2002 Marshall also directed the hit musical Chicago staring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere. Weaving a conceivable storyline with great acting is hard enough on its own, but in Nine, Marshall must do these things while including dance choreography and musical numbers without them seeming out of place.
Nine tells of a world famous film director, Guido Contini. Contini is played by Daniel Day-Lewis and is experiencing a mid-life crisis that is disrupting his work and personal life. He must create new works that outshine the past and juggle the many women in his life. These include his wife, a mistress, his film star, a costume designer, and a few others. Some of the all-star female cast include: Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, and Fergie!
Nine will be released Christmas day, 2009. Contini seems too distracted figuring out all the women in his life to create new films. This story documents his struggle to find inspiration while finding resolutions to each of the many different female personalities that he encounters. The musical numbers seem engaging and the scenery enticing. The small amount of choreography and singing that has been released is memorable and leaves the viewer wanting to see and hear more. This film seems to be a welcomed respite from the glutton of action and drama out of Hollywood. The artistry and real talent of all of the actors can really be showcased in this type of film adaptation. Nine has also already drawn three Oscar nominations for Best Supporting actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Song.
Running Time: 118 min.
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and smoking.
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Sophia Loren
Directed By: Rob Marshall