I’m going to write a quick personal review of the movie 9, which I saw last night on 9-9-09.
Now, I’ll preface this with the fact that I was really looking forward to this movie. Most movies, I go into with a bad attitude and look to be impressed. This was the opposite.
I’ll start off with the visuals. They’re stunning. The visuals are nothing short of amazing, from the whole “Miniature creatures in a big world” feel to picking up the detail of small, inconsequential objects in the background I was astounded by the level of detail put into this movie. Its one of those where you almost forget the fact that the movie is completely CG if you don’t remind yourself midway through. Amazing directiorial work, as well as from the people behind the scenes. Visuals get an “A” for the purpose of this review.
To tie in with that, I’ll actually give my opinion on the sound. Not the music. The sound. I *really* enjoyed the sound effects in 9. I love when movies really accentuate little clicks and metal-on-metal noises, and that happens aplenty in 9. The voice acting was far above what you get in the average CG film, as well. To me, the sound was an “A++” in this movie. It, in part, carried the visuals to the level they were at.
Sadly, I come to the plot. Ah, the plot. With many movies, the plot can carry it past broken visuals or a horrible soundtrack. Not so here. Quite the opposite, in fact. For me, the plot would have buried 9 if not for the other elements mentioned prior. It was akward, poorly explained and not able to be related to at all, to me. If the sound and visuals were a 10+/10, the plot was a 2. At best.
TLDR: People love numbers, so my overall score for this movie would be a 7.5/10. It has to be seen in theatres, but don’t waste a night on it, or full price. Go to a matinee. To understand how *I* score movies, I consider The Dark Knight and the Lord of the Rings trilogy to be the only 10s I’ve ever seen.