‘Nine’ a disappointment given talent on offer

Director: Rob Marshall

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruze

Foot-tapping, tune-whistling it ain’t … which is more than a bit unfortunate for a film touting itself as a musical.

Musicals should be uplifting … but here we have a curious story about a moviemaker, Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) for whom things are not going right: everything is ready and waiting for shooting to begin, only there is as yet no script.

This gives him the chance to revisit all the women in his life who have been his muse, his support, his great love and everything in-between.

The plotline is based on Fellini’s ‘8½’, with songs and dances, but the major flaw is that Contini is a thoroughly dislikeable character, a serial womaniser we simply cannot sympathise with.

Surprisingly for the director of ‘Chicago’, Marshall’s latest offering has no songs we leave the cinema whistling nor does the story – with the exception of Cotillard, who does bring a depth to her character – give any of a long list of female stars – Kate Hudson, Stacey Ferguson, and Judi Dench –more than one-song-and-off cameo roles.

All round it’s a disappointment since it has been much-hyped and looked forward to.

Star Rating: 3/5

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