— by ALEXA MILAN —
Movie musicals can sometimes be a bit of a tough sell, unless they’ve got Zac Efron singing as he dashes down the basketball court or Meryl Streep dancing her way through Greece. But with “Chicago” director Rob Marshall at the helm and a cast full of Oscar winners and nominees, “Nine” may prove to be an exception.
“Nine” tells the story of Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), an Italian director struggling with finding meaning in life and completing his latest film. With only a week until shooting begins and an unfinished script, Guido turns to the many women in his life for inspiration.
The clips below (via Trailer Addict) show five of these women: Guido’s lonely wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard); his saucy mistress Carla (Penelope Cruz); his confidant and costume designer Lilli (Judi Dench); his supportive mother (Sophia Loren); and a prostitute he met in his youth named Saraghina (Fergie). Other women Guido connects with are his star and muse Claudia (Nicole Kidman) and Vogue reporter Stephanie (Kate Hudson).
This film has gotten very mixed reviews, and while Marshall’s latest musical venture probably won’t be as innovative as “Chicago” or rack up quite as many awards at Oscar time, the cast alone makes me want to check this one out.
“Nine” is currently playing in limited release and opens nationwide Christmas day.
And click here for four more clips from “Nine” (for a total of nine clips).
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