Director: Tom Hooper
Writer/s: Lee Hall, Tom Hooper, Andrew Lloyd Webber, T.S. Eliot
Starring: Francesca Hayward, Idris Elba, and more.
Requested Review from Jason Mitchell
…..Ha… ha ha ha. Cool. Alright whatever, here’s my review of “Cats.”
“A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.”
Honestly, I think I prefer “The Emoji Movie” to this. Right out of the gate, “Cats” just has this weird and creepy vibe to it that extends beyond the cringe effects. Sprinkle the comedy onto it with jokes that simply do not work, and slapstick that made me not budge an inch. All of that mixed with a story that barely makes it off the ground then gets buried in musical numbers that self explain the characters. Christ… I almost shut this off in 20 minutes. It is simply a failure to launch from the very start.
A huge aspect of “Cats” that truly infuriated me was the music itself. As I said prior, almost every single one was just a musical number explaining the performers character. Tell me if I am wrong, but I found this utterly useless and incredibly annoying after the third song. Musical numbers are meant to extend and compliment the story of the film. “Cats” and its music is a gnat in your ear on a hot sunny evening.
What a waste of top talent. This cast, on paper, is unbelievable. But honestly, no one sticks out as a breakout performance. If I could provide any form of compliment, it would be that this was such a train wreck that I could not look away. As you all know or could see the trend, I typically try to see the positives in any film I watch, but for “Cats,” yeah, my praise is a pretty short found.
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