Daniel Day Lewis’ new musical NINE

Daniel Day Lewis and his band of babes
Daniel Day Lewis and his band of babes (click on the image to see a larger version)

Nine seems to be the lucky number in Hollywood this year. There’s that recent sci-fi indie-blockbuster set in South Africa, the animated feature film voiced by Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly set in post-apocalyptic world, and just in time for Thanksgiving, there’s NINE the musical!

The description on Apple trailers’ page says: NINE is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie) and his mother (Sophia Loren).

Rob Marshall, who got an Oscar nomination for Chicago, directed and co-choreographed  the film, and the late Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) co-wrote the screenplay. The story is based on Arthur Kopit’s book of the same name, which was derived from an Italian play by Mario Fratti inspired by Federico Fellini’s autobiographical film . The original 1982 Broadway production with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, won five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Taking over from fellow Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), who dropped out of the project, this looks like every actor’s dream role. I don’t think I’ve seen this many famous actresses involved in one movie, many of which have bagged at least one Oscar. Judging from the trailer, it looks mah-velous! It’s the kind of movie to escape to and just be lost in the music and dancing. Daniel looks great as usual, you can throw this guy into pretty much any genre and he’ll dazzle you, that’s just how talented this guy is. I’m not a huge musical fan per se, but with a cast like this, it’s definitely a must-see for me!

6 thoughts on “Daniel Day Lewis’ new musical NINE

    1. rtm

      Acting-wise, I think Daniel can do ANYTHING he puts his mind to. This just might get him his third Oscar next year, he’s one of those actors who can ‘disappear’ into a character.

    1. rtm

      Daniel is very selective about roles, he sometimes have years of gap between movies. That’s probably the secret of his constant quality work, that he has more time to immerse himself in whatever project he’s in. He and Chris Bale are the only two great contemporary actors who haven’t done any rom-com, bless their hearts!

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis is great in this but I can’t help being disappointed by the film itself!! So much promise but not so many results I think!! Check out my review at blubbalips.wordpress.com!!

    1. Just read your insightful review, glad to hear Daniel’s performance is solid. Yeah, this seems to be a case of style over substance. Like you said, no matter how well-acted and stylish a flick is, if we can empathize with the story/characters then it’s kind of wasted. I haven’t seen it but will definitely check it out on DVD, at least the musical numbers look entertaining. Thanks for your comment!

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