Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman
It’s hard not to see dollar signs when you’re watching the film adaptation of “Nine” — which is based on a musical (also titled “Nine”), which is based on a film (“8 ”), which is based on the life of Frederico Fellini. Will this be the next “Chicago” or “Dreamgirls?” But in between the musical numbers and the setup for each of them, there’s barely any plot tension.
What the film does well, however, are those musical numbers. While not all of the tunes are memorable, the staged performances are plea-sing to watch — dancing, singing, gorgeous costumes. It’s like eating a big cream puff.
It hurts to admit it, but Fergie’s performance — as a prostitute that philandering director (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets as a child — is the showstopper. Kate Hudson’s cheeky Vogue journalist is embarrassing.