Although it’s adapted from a successful Broadway musical, Rob Marshall’s big-screen version of Nine
never makes the case that the movie needed to be made.
This musical version of Fellini’s classic 8 ½ stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Guido Contini, a famous Italian filmmaker who must begin shooting his ninth movie in just about a week. The catch is that he has no script, and no idea what kind of story he wants to tell. An international celebrity, Guido’s day-to-day life involves confronting fanatical fans, pestering paparazzi, and lovely ladies willing to throw themselves at him -- and all the hedonism just adds to his lack of creativity. In order to...