CAST: Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines, Malina Weissman, Consuelos, Teddy Sears, Talitha Bateman
DIRECTION: Barry Sonnenfeld
DURATION: 1 hour 28 minutes
Tom Brand (Spacey) is a high-rolling business big shot and while he has achieved business success, his personal relationships are in the doldrums. He has an estranged young daughter Rebecca (Weissman) and wife Lara (Garner). He gets a shot at mending things with his daughter on her birthday but on visiting a pet shop run by Felix Perkins (Walken) the cat that he buys seems to trade souls with him. Felix is a bit more than meets the eye and tells Brand that he has a limited time to get back to his family or remain in feline form forever.
It goes without having the need to elaborate that Kevin Spacey is a man of massive acting talent, having essayed a number of roles throughout his long career. This however, would have to be among his most unusual - left of centre, if you will. And then there is the delightful Christopher Walken, who plays a shop owner but who is really some kind of a sorcerer.
Spacey is a man of massive acting talent, having essayed a number of roles throughout his long career. This however, would have to be among his most unusual - left of centre, if you will. And then there is the delightful Christopher Walken, who plays a shop owner but who is really some kind of a sorcerer.The film essentially rides on the humour, Spacey's dry wit and wry asides, as he at first struggles to come to terms that he is now a cat. The primary funny bits lie in how he does his damnedest to connect with his daughter and convey what his predicament now is. Whether he succeeds or not, is left for you to see. Garner does come across as a bit overshadowed here. But then, Nine Lives isn't about her character, as it isn't central to the script.
So, the cinematography might not exactly blow you away, but what is refreshing is being able to see Spacey - an actor usually known for his intensity (think American Pie, and Usual Suspects) - play such a lighthearted role. And it is always a delight to see the eccentric talents of Walken being strutted out on screen. This is a simple movie, with a simple little moral and not one to be dissected and examined frame by frame. There is humour, there is fun and Nine Lives is honestly, quite enjoyable. It will put a smile on your face.