Films are dreams, whether the director is aiming for hyper-realism or whether we’re allowed to fly through the odd, the dreamy, the troubling of their imagination. Director Rob Marshall recognizes this and his Nine is a sexy, engaging, stylish and enlightening journey through the imaginative life of Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his many loves.
Nine works on a number of levels, including its basic premise – which I always enjoy – of the challenges of making a creative movie as the subject of the movie. Nine was originally a Broadway musical, in which Guido is the director of a musical, but the basic concept works perfectly when switched to cinema. Guido’s journey from being self-centered to being forced to acknowledge the difference between his fantasy world and the reality around him, even as things fall apart, is in many ways also a core journey to adulthood.