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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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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FurbabiesRACO
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.

JCLCharlesH Jun 29, 2020

Cats is a CGI reinterpretation of the musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A setting of T.S. Elliott's book of poetry about cats, the plot is less important than the music and dance elements in this production. There were some uncanny valley moments from the CGI, and at times the score seemed to swallow the vocalist, but overall very enjoyable.

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winston16
Jun 28, 2020

Yes, I may be piling on, but this is truly a bad movie. Main thing is how creepy the cat/people look. I saw Cats in the theater and somehow it works there because you know you are in an artificial setting with the requisite suspension of belief. Whatever the issue, I couldn't watch much because it creeped me out so much.

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roxiekat21
Jun 08, 2020

um no......dont know what else to say

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Rlafoy
Jun 05, 2020

My wife and I tried to watch this movie and could not go past 30 minutes. Just too weird songs, acting and CGI. Over rated. There are far better movies out there.

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MATTHEW S HAMMOND
Apr 16, 2020

I'm not the biggest fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and I went into this one with very low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. This isn't a masterpiece, but it is CATS. If you are familiar with the stage musical, you know what you're in for. It moves along at a good pace, offers some variety in its songs, and gets committed performances out of its cast (especially, in this case, Ian McKellen). Do the sizes of the cats vary wildly from scene to scene? Yes. Is the digital fur distracting? Yes. But if you can lean into the weirdness of it all, you might have a good time, like I did.

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Nigiri
Feb 18, 2020

"Imagine if a bunch of Snapchat filters suddenly came to life with an EXTREME thirst for blood." - Screenwriter Guy

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Tjavierb
Feb 12, 2020

Good for a laugh but otherwise a poorly told story and forgettable film.

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Mar 04, 2020

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