Cats

Cats

DVD - 2020
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It's the night of the Jellicle Ball and all these tinier-than-usual cats present themselves to Old Deuteronomy in hopes of being chosen to make the journey to the Heaviside Layer where they will be reborn, to live a new -- and hopefully better -- life. But someone is trying to eliminate the competition.

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Alyxwrites
Sep 30, 2020

"Overall, I didn’t like this movie lol. I remember when it first started, I couldn’t look away but not in a good way. There is stuff to like, I didn’t hate it but there’s too much I didn’t like to overshadow what I did like. The dancing is probably the best thing about the movie." Copy and paste the link below for the rest of the review!
https://alyxwrites.blog/2020/09/08/movie-review-cats-2019/

Anna_LibraryT Sep 25, 2020

Don't judge a musical by its movie.
Several songs were very abridged or edited, which sometimes took away their impact, some scenes removed entirely to fit the plotline the filmmakers decided on for their adaptation, and a couple of unnecessary backstory-bits were invented that might annoy fans of the original. That said, I thought it was cute how they played Mistoffoles (though it completely changed and somewhat diminished the tone of his song), and there were some good performances: Ian McKellen's song was touching, especially considering his theatre background, the two comedians were entertaining in their parts, and Taylor Swift's song was the best-adapted.
This film is definitely not for everyone, and I would 100% recommend the stage version over this, but it is a spectacle, if that's what you're in the mood for.

JCLHeatherM Sep 15, 2020

Young white cat Victoria is abandoned and meets a group of stray cats with diverse backgrounds who compete in the Jellicle Ball for a chance at a second life. While there has been a great deal of negative press around the film, I was pleasantly surprised by the final end product (what film viewers were intended to see in the second cut of the film that was eventually released in theaters) and found it much better than predicted. There's a solid story line linking the cats together (Victoria's story) that's missing in the stage version, and there are some standout performances to look for (Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella the Glamour Cat and ballerina Francesa Hayward as Victoria, the white cat).

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 09, 2020

Cats is a really boring movie. Personally, I couldn’t get through half of it. The animation is very awkward and it makes the actors in the movie look creepy. The actors and the cat combination made me feel uncomfortable. The film has a forgettable plot; I couldn’t remember what the main plot of the movie was because each character would begin to sing a new song each time they were introduced. Yes, Cats is supposed to be a musical, but most musicals have an unforgettable plot and not as much songs as this film. I would not recommend watching this movie. @hibiscusflower of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Ephriam
Sep 02, 2020

This musical is boring. I just could not watch it to the end and I do not believe I even got to the half way point. I found the singing to be awful and out of tune. I have herd and watch better acts by Amateurs at Canada Wonderland. I actually believe the only reason I made it as far as I did was simple the cat that was thrown away by the owner had a very attractive face and body. The actress that is. I also was trying to figure out how the tails moved. Even with Covid I found the movie was wasting my time and interrupting my sleep. I gave it a 1/2 star just so people understand I did actually rate the movie.

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young_librarian
Aug 31, 2020

I don't actually know how to rate this movie. It wasn't bad per se, but it also wasn't good. Plot points didn't make sense, the CGI was unnerving, and at times it felt like the movie didn't know if it wanted to be taken seriously or seen as a comedy. I don't think it was as bad as some reviews have made it seem, but I wouldn't choose to watch this again.

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library_queen
Aug 19, 2020

fun singing and dancing, but the cat/human combination was creepy. there was no plot either, mostly cars introducing themselves and one crafty cat kidnapping the others so old dueteronomy can pick him to be sent to heaven. yeah. sent to heaven. they are sent off in a hot air balloon essentially to die so they can do to cat heaven.

!!!the only good parts:
memory was great, and the new song beautiful ghosts was pretty. taylor swift drugged the cats with catnip and that was funny.

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Ferrous1
Aug 12, 2020

While a wonderful stage spectacle, on film it falls with a dull thump. The cgi was... interesting, an odd mix of top-of-the-line ‘cat-morphing’ with the staginess of a theatre production, and as most all the lines were sung, unless you were previously aware of the storyline you might have trouble figuring out what was going on (what exactly is a ‘jellicle’ cat?). As it was, i found the first half excruciating and the comic performances of Rebel Wilson and James Corden the main saving graces of the whole thing. It’s rather cringeworthy that such fine actors as Judi Dench and Ian Mckellen (ironically both stage veterans) are part of this mess.

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rslade
Aug 12, 2020

I never understood all the furor over "Cats," possibly because I had actually read "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" before I ever heard any of the poems set as songs. "Cats" is, I grant you, an amusing spectacle, with some catchy musical themes, but most of the gentle and subtle humour of the original poems is lost in the usual staging, with only the slapstick left. The attempt to add a vaguely spiritual "plot" is generally a weak add-on.

Side-issue: is "Cats" a musical or an opera? Well, with the movie issue it's not really a side-issue, because the movie version attempts to add to the vaguely spiritual plot side, and also adds some dialogue. (With an allusion to "The Wasteland," another of Eliot's poems.) Some of it works, and some of it doesn't. The attempt to make Macavity an actual crime boss loses all of the original humour (although most of it was lost in the play anyway). The attempt at a relationship between Mr. Mistoffelees and Victoria loses the humorous twist at the end of the original poem (but the play usually loses that, too). The expansion of Victoria's part (which, like most of the named parts in the play is simply a placeholder, and is never mentioned in the poems) is sweet, as is her relationship with Grizelda and Old Deuteronomy, but, like the CGI costumes, ultimately seems completely artificial. (And, in the case of Old Deuteronomy, oddly unfinished.)

So, if you are a rabid "Cats" play fan, you may not like the changes. If not, this movie is not as bad as has been painted.

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FurbabiesPACO
Jul 06, 2020

I thought the costumes were well done and certain actors played their parts well, but as an avid Andrew Lloyd Webber fan, I really didn’t like all the changes such as adding Victoria’s song or making Old Deuteronomy a woman. Many of the actors couldn’t sing well or they completely changed the notes of the songs to fit their vocal range. If you are expecting the stage version of CATS, you will probably be disappointed.

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