Rob Marshall’s “Nine” — the big Weinstein Company production of the year — is the most seen and unseen movie of the year, too.
With a December 18th opening postponed from November 25th, “Nine” has been tweaked and polished many times as it heads to theaters. But still no one’s “officially” seen it.
And yet, the message boards on the Internet Movie Data Base and other websites are full of debates over it from secret advance showings. The press hasn’t been privy to such screenings. There are also a handful of people who’ve seen the film in various forms.
What can we glean so far?
It does seem like Penelope Cruz — singing, no less– is a hit. Everyone who’s seen the film has been certain about her performance. Cruz will be on her way to a second best supporting actress nomination if all this pans out. She won earlier this year for her role in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
Marion Cotillard, best actress Oscar winner two years ago for “La Vie En Rose,” is also getting advance raves. Of the nine women — Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Fergie, Sophia Loren, etc — hers seems to be the closest to a lead role. There’s talk on the boards that Cotillard is headed in that direction. It’s not a bad idea, since Best Actress this year is an iffy category — Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Gabby Sidibe (from “Precious”) not withstanding.
What still seems to be a question mark is Daniel Day-Lewis. Is he great as Guido the filmmaker, or miscast? Can he sing? Does it matter? These are still questions to be answered. DDL usually can do no wrong. One’woman I spoke’to who saw “Nine” wasn’t crazy about the songs but said of DDL: “This is the sexiest he’s been since ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being.’ ”
And so we wait, as “Nine” could’be the Oscar killer so’badly needed this’year, or just’a really interesting movie with great performances. It’s as much guessed about as Clint Eastwood’s Nelson Mandela movie, “Invictus,” and just as’late in its showing.