THE JUICY CHOICE REVIEW: “9” is voiced by Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Green Street Hooligans), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers, Wreck-It Ralph), Christopher Plummer (A Beautiful Mind, Up), Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future, Alice in Wonderland ), Martin Landau (Ed Wood, North by Northwest), Fred Tatasciore (Enchanted, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness [TV series]), and Alan Oppenheimer (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe [TV series], The NeverEnding Story). It is directed by Shane Acker (The Hangnail [short], The Astounding Talents of Mr. Grenade [short]), who also wrote the story, while Pamela Pettler (Monster House, Corpse Bride) wrote the screenplay. A rag doll by the name of 9 (Wood) arises in a post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by war. He discovers people much like him who have been living in this wasteland in secrecy, but when 9 accidentally releases the robot that caused the previous war, him and his friends must do whatever it takes to survive and stop it.
Up next in this special marathon is “9,” a film that I adored as a child. Granted, I am still a kid (not eighteen just yet), but watching this frequently seemed like ages ago. I was curious as to how it would fare now that I have gotten older. I know, this is part of my recommended list, but I enjoyed this incredibly as a kid. Now, after watching it once again, I retain the same opinion. This is a hidden gem of a release, one that has an original story which delves us into a world in which we want to know more of. If you haven’t heard of this movie, I don’t blame you. It wasn’t that big at the box office nor is it discussed by any of my friends. But somehow I found it many years ago, and have loved it since. The story itself is the stronghold of this flick. I have never seen anything quite like it, and it is extremely inventive. The whole idea surrounding these puppets who have to deal with the world they were brought in is dark, mysterious, and filled with interesting aspects. It may look like a kid’s film, but it definitely has parts that will shock you. This post-apocalyptic world that 9 wakes up in is wrought with destruction, littered with the past of the humans who died in the war that was previously held. It is creepy, but yet I want to explore, and although not much of their surroundings were analyzed or shown, the story absorbed the curiosity. I knew how this movie went, but when I first watched it, I couldn’t predict a single thing. I’m not sure if it would be the same for you, but judging the film piece by piece, I would say that the scope of it was a mystery. The characters we are given are more or less intriguing. They all have a different personality that soaks their character, and it was fun to see how they interacted with each other. For each number up, the puppets are better created, and they all have a certain appeal to them. My favorite had to be 1. He was not the most loved of the group, and my favorite used to be 9, but after seeing this again, something about 1 is just appealing to me. It may be because he is the most opposite out of all the other figures. All of them are willing to seek adventure, but he is the coward, the one who puts safety above freedom. The ideologies of some of these characters are fun to pick apart, and there is a lot to be said about the themes of this plot. Their voice actors were phenomenal, with everyone performing well. It’s funny how I knew none of them when I first saw this, but now I could tell who each of them were by just a sentence. There were some I didn’t recognize, like Crispin Glover and some of the other lesser names, but I knew the others enough. I commend each of them on their performances. As for the animation aspect, it can vary. Back then, it was truly spectacular, but now it can be a bit outdated. Then again, I watched it on DVD. Maybe a clearer picture might bring out some tones. Quite a lot of scenes were greatly animated, but then there were others that weren’t. I know one day this film’s animation will be completely prehistoric, but for now, it is still good. Delving into the issues with this movie, I want to say that it was not as perfect as I remembered. My main reason for that has to be the characters. Yes, they represent different personalities, and you can talk about them for a while, but as characters themselves, they held little weight. At least most of them. We knew how they differed from each other, but we learned very little of who they are, with the exception of 9, 1, and maybe 7. Their interactions with each other were great, though. This con may have been brought on by how the story could feel rushed. It is a snappy plot line, jumping from one thing to the next without leaving me to catch my breath but in a few parts. It kept me in the moment, as well as our heroes, but left little room for development. And in all honesty, I think that these two are my only issues with the film. Everything else was on point, with an inventive story in a creative world, and characters who must save the remains of humanity. Like this marathon says, I recommend anyone to see this. FINAL SCORE: 93%= Juicy Popcorn
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