Director: Rob Marshall Screenplay: Anthony Minghella, Michael Tolkin Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Fergie Time: 118min Age Restriction: 13
Nine is a sensual musical about searching for fulfilment in all the wrong places, striving to always beat one's best and not realising what one's got until it's gone.
Guido Contini is a renowned Italian film director who is past his creative prime. His last two movies have been flops and he is under immense pressure to produce another world-class hit.
The costumes are being made, the cast and crew are ready, but Guido still doesn't have a script. He doesn't even have a story.
To escape his despair and lack of inspiration he turns to women as a distraction from his creative block and he embarks on a personal journey of reflection, guided by all the women who have been influential throughout his life.
Although Nine skims over serious themes like morality, ethics and the pressure of the being the best, it is mostly empty melodrama. The acting/singing/dancing is flawless, but the choreography of the toned, scantily-clad performers is highly suggestive, which did make me feel awkward at times.
Nine is a rich slice of the iconic Italian life, filled with dramatic music, glorious scenery and passionate characters, but with a tad too much flesh and depravity, and little depth.
Beware: If you're a Godly man, you'll want to close your eyes during Penelope Cruz's rope-shimmying number.