It’s Movie Monday, and even though it has nothing to do with the letter N, I wanted to start off by mentioning my movie High Heels and Hoodoo had its first sneak peek screening on Saturday. Since it was the first time actual strangers saw it, my brother and I were very nervous, but the screening went incredibly well. The audience reaction was great, and lots of people came up to us later to tell us how much they liked it. So we can now release the breath we’ve been holding since we finished the edit. Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive!
And now back to our regularly scheduled N post. Today’s Netflix find is the movie The Nines. Here’s the official description:
Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy and Hope Davis appear in multiple roles in writer-director John August's independent thriller, which combines three intertwining stories that creatively converge in unexpected ways. A popular TV actor is under house arrest in "The Prisoner"; a TV producer struggles to launch a new series in "Reality Television"; and a video-game designer seeks help for his stranded family in "Knowing."
I’ve been a huge Ryan Reynolds fan since his goofball days in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, and I think Melissa McCarthy is hilarious, so when this popped up as a recommendation, I eagerly pressed the play button. It’s tough to explain The Nines without spoilers, and since I think very few folks have seen this movie, I don’t want to spoil anything. But even if I were to incorporate spoilers, it would still be tough to explain this movie. That probably doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but I really liked it.
Ryan and Melissa both do excellent jobs in very dramatic roles – much different from the silly characters they often play. Along with Hope Davis, they play different characters in each of the three vignettes. It’s confusing, yet intriguing, as pieces from each of the stories bleed into the others until it reaches a completely unexpected conclusion.
I’ve seen on the interwebs that people seem to really love or really hate this movie – there’s not much middle ground. I can see the point of those who dislike it, thinking it’s pretentious, philosophical drivel, since I tend to think the same thing about these types of navel-gazing movies. However, this one really struck a chord and stuck with me long after I’d watched it. It makes you think because there are a lot of pieces to put together, but it also makes you THINK. You know, that pondering your place in the universe type of thinking. Plus, Ryan Reynolds shows off his abs, so what’s not to love?
Have you seen The Nines? What did you think? What movies has Netflix recommended that you enjoyed but never would have picked on your own? How Nifty is Chloe with her letter N?