Based on Federico Fellini’s original film 8 ½ (1963), the musical Nine brings together a star cast. The result is impressive and there is no denying that the film is a spectacle, enlivened by a dramatic Italian setting.
Nine’s plot picks up on key episodes and themes of Fellini’s original film. Pulling on the heart strings of the belle donne is the prolific film director Guido Contini, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. Like Fellini’s original character, Guido is battling with a creative crisis as he struggles to produce a new film that meets the public’s expectations. The women play a powerful force in his creative mission; each one reflects a different and more confused side to the protagonist.
If anything lets the cast down, it is the poor selection of songs that are all too similar and not memorable enough to make it a really powerful musical. If you want to get the best out of Nine, it is worth doing your homework and watching Fellini’s 8½ first. Then you can really understand the essence of what it means to be Italian.
Nine is now showing at cinemas nationwide