I personally am a big fan of this movie. I think people were expecting to be fun, joyful, and upbeat like Chicago, or other movie musicals in the past. "Nine" is a more serious musical, and I think once people grasp that, they'll be able to enjoy the movie more.
Now, there were a few things I would have changed...I would've extended Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, & Nicole Kidman's parts. I felt they could've been utilized more throughout the story. Such as, when Claudia's agent calls Guido...it could have been Claudia calling Guido herself. There should have been a scene where Guido and Sophia Loren have a long talk...much like Guido and Lilli's conversations. And I don't know how Kate Hudson could have been used more, but I felt like I barely knew her before she started singing "Cinema Italiano". She did great with the amount of time she had, though!!
On the plus side, I thought Marion Cotillard gave a wonderful performance! Everybody did a great job, but, her and Nicole Kidman's performances really stood out to me. You can tell everybody gave it their all for this movie and they had a lot of fun doing it. You can tell that by the special features as well as the movie itself! It's not as amazing as Chicago, but it's great in a different way.
When I first saw the Pilot episode and the episode after, I didn't think it was all that great. It made me laugh, but I felt that the acting was forced and that Kirstie Alley was especially stiff, but was overacting at the same time. But I have continued to watch it, because it still made me laugh, and it's gotten much better. The chemistry between the actors is more apparent and Kirstie seems to be getting more comfortable, so I think it will be a good show for TV Land.
I think what people forget about TV Shows nowadays, is that when a show first starts out...particularly a sitcom...it's most likely going to be not so great the first half of the first season. It needs to find it's groove. Because we now live in the world of Netflix and season DVDs and reruns on TV, we often watch old shows, knowing how much of a hit they were. So, we expect new shows to be like that as well...especially shows with sitcom veterans such as Kirstie, Rhea, and Richard from this show..same goes for Sean Hayes in NBC's "Sean Saves the World" & Michael J. Fox on "The Michael J. Fox Show"....because they're both sitcom veterans, we expect them to just jump right in and be great. But they're still new shows. Shows such as Seinfeld, Friends, The Office, and Cheers got horrible reviews in the first season...but now they're timeless classics. So keep that in mind when watching Kirstie...it's not "Cheers" or "Seinfeld"...it's a new show with new characters. Give it time to find it's groove.
This animated movie starring Zoey 101 star Jamie Lynn Spears, acclaimed actress Brooke Shields, and Tom Arnold is great! I got it from the library only because I'm a fan of Jamie Lynn and wanted to see her in something else besides Zoey 101. It was great! Some actors can't pull off voicing in an animated movie, but Jamie Lynn nailed it! The only reason I gave it 8 out of 10 is because the beginning of the movie is kind of slow and you don't understand what's going on. But as it gets going, you understand! It has a great ending too! Singing is involved at the end too! :D
Brooke Shields is hilarious in the movie in her portrayal of Mama Bear. She fits the role perfectly! Tom Arnold's performance is fair. Doesn't do much for me.