Nine Lives may be a film about Kevin Spacey being turned into a cat. But it speaks directly to Donald Trump, telling him to change. Its an attempt to alter the course of humanity
Great art speaks truth to power: Shakespeares King Lear, Picassos Guernica, Atwoods The Handmaids Tale. It elicits, it challenges, it implores change. In our time of global uncertainty and upheaval, one film has attempted to take on that mantle without dread of consequence. Nine Lives, a film about an absent father( Kevin Spacey) who is was transformed into a cat by a magical pet shopkeeper( Christopher Walken ), is currently on 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is a certifiable box office flop. And it is the most important movie of the Trump era.
The key to understanding Nine Lives is throwing out everything you think you know about movie. I admit, the trailer has all the hallmarks of a bad children movie the cheesy voiceover, the record scratch moment, the prerequisite scatological humor where Kevin Spacey urinates in his ex-wifes handbag, and the wordplay. The tedious, tedious wordplay. At one point a character is asked Do they stimulate MRIs for cats ?, and he replies his eyes dead, dreading the inevitability of the pun he knows he has to induce you entail cat scans?
Except this is not a childrens movie. At all. And I dont just mean that in the sense that it goes to very dark places( divorce, families having to decide whether to take their vegetative relatives off life subsistence, one character attempting suicide this all happens ). There are large chunks of the movie that no child could find interesting. Dialogues about New York real estate. Corporate business structure. Several( I entail several) scenes about how the company committee votes for its CEO.