Nine Lives: Film Review – You Only Live Nine Times

Verdict: Just like cats – makes you laugh and go ‘aww’.

Cats are funny. You may hate them, love them, but you can’t deny the fact that they make for really good pictures. They look cute even when they are grumpy; they’re extremely cuddly, even if they hate it; and cat videos will cause side-splitting laughter, wasting hours of your precious time. Naturally, animals, especially cats, are the best form of comedy any movie can have. Garfield had it, so did The Aristocats, and the most recent, The Secret Life of Pets. Barry Sonnenfeld’s upcoming comedy is also centered around a cat, who is actually a human, inside a cat. Confused? Read on…

Nine Lives, derived from the popular phrase ‘A cat has nine lives’, is a movie about a rich dad who has no time for his kid, and is taught his lesson in unusual ways. Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a megalomaniac who cares for very little, other than work. As his daughter Rebecca’s birthday is approaching, his wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) asks him to show up for the birthday party, which he misses every year, with the gift the daughter has asked for (rich kids, pff!). The only problem is that Rebecca wants a cat, and Tom Brand hates cats! But as usual, he is late and has no choice but to get Rebecca a cat. On his way to the party, Tom has an accident that puts him in a coma. Only, his soul is trapped in the body of the cat he bought. Now he has to reconcile with his family before his body moves on and he remains a cat forever!

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Getting trapped in a cat’s body might be a nightmare for some, but if you closely consider it (just consider it), it is the best thing that can happen to you. You can sleep all day, eat without paying for it, get fat and not be shamed for it. People will love you, no matter what. For Tom Brand the Cat, or Mr. Fuzzypants, as he is called, it is not so. Sure, the cat is hilarious, since he is Brand, who is kind of a less cruel Frank Underwood (see House of Cards, for reference). But other than Spacey, who is a natural at playing the egotistical power lord, none of the other characters manage to impress. Christopher Walken as the cat whisperer is an utter waste of talent, and can be done without. The cat and his antics cause many outbursts of laughter, thanks to Spacey and his brilliant punches. There are also several adorable moments when Fuzzypants connects with Rebecca. The movie was made for some light-hearted fun and entertainment, and it gives you just that. Do not go expecting some mind-blowing performance or out-of-this-world action. Just play along with the kitty!

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

If you are a cat lover, watch it because Mr. Fuzzypants is so cute, and the montage of cat videos, in the beginning, is worth every penny. If you don’t like cats, here’s your chance to fall in love with them. They’re really funny, you know!


Release Date: 26 Aug, 2016
Language: English
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Genre: Comedy, Family
Cast & Crew: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken

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