Group Stages – Round 1: 8 1/2 (ITA) vs BYE (SVK)
by Nicholas Robinson
The first half: 8 ½ is about Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), an Italian director who has lost all inspiration for his upcoming movie, and it’s too late to back out. And aside from the fact that he can’t make the film, his mistress (Sandra Milo), wife (Anouk Aimée), producer (Guido Alberti), and all the rest of his friends, are pressuring him about one thing or another. So he retreats into his dreams to shelter himself from the pressure, and there, he finds inspiration to make his new film, and face the world. – IMDB.com
Now, in January, I saw Rob Marshall’s Nine in theatres and despite everyone bashing it left right and centre, I actually liked it. Ever since then, I have wanted to watch 8 ½ but have never gotten around to it, until now. This movie was pretty boring. The acting was good and the story was ok, but the movie was boring.
Like I said above, the story was ok but pretty boring. To be honest, I’m not sure if it was because the story was boring or if I already knew what was going to happen. Either way, to me it was boring. At two hours and twenty minutes, the runtime of this movie was way too long. There were quite a few useless scenes that could have been cut from the movie and gotten the runtime to less than two hours.
The acting in this movie was good all around, don’t get me wrong, but there are two really good performances in this movie. Marcello Mastroianni was great as the director trying his absolute best to find something to say with his film while trying to avoid the constant pressure around him. Anouk Aimée was also really good as his wife, Luisa who is trying her best to be a good Catholic wife but still finding it hard when she knows that her husband is cheating on her with his mistress. When she is on screen, you can see the battle raging on inside her as she decides whether she can stay with her husband or not.
What I liked about this movie were the crazy dream sequences which were fun. Especially the one where all the women in his life are inside his childhood home living together in peace and harmony until they turn a certain age and they have to go “upstairs” which I think is the deep recesses of his memory which I found cool. However, and this is no insult to the Fellini fans out there who think this is the greatest movie ever, I think that this movie was better as a musical. It was more fun to me as a musical that as what it was.
Overall I think it was a boring movie that had some great attributes and deserves a chance before you watch Nine and find out it’s better.
IMDB says 8.2/10
RT says N/A
I say 7/10
The second half: Slovakia has been designated as a bye team and so automatically receives a score of 0/10.
The result: Italy wins. Italy 7 – 0 Slovakia