January 6, 2010 > Letter to the Editor: A review of 'Nine' review
Letter to the Editor: A review of 'Nine' review
I take issue with Heidi Leung's review of the movie "Nine" because obviously, she didn't 'get it.' Perhaps this was because contrary to today's TV fare, the movie characters didn't explain their motives, behaviors, plans or plots in plain English as the various shows drag on. This is so the audience doesn't have to think.
There was a plotline. The plot was, he had used and exploited all the women in his life, both figuratively and literally, and now had run out of ideas and imagination, losing the females, one by one, who remained in his life. The scene showing him as a boy with his friends who paid the sexy beachcomber (Fergie) to dance for them was followed by the scene in which he was beaten by the priest for being 'bad.' This paved the way for him to go through life using women while remaining emotionally uninvolved - except for his mother.
"Then comes the rest of the cast. Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, and Fergie. Though all four women perform well, their roles are unnecessary to the plot." Quite the contrary! Their roles are pivotal to the plot! The opening scene sets the scene. All the women from his past were being considered (yet again) for his next "Page one" which is where he remained stuck.
The closing scene showed him finally making peace with himself... Fabulous movie.
Heidi, look below the surface.