This may seem like the easy pick, but the sheer WTF-ness of “Cats” make it rather fascinating. I want to point out that the actors in this movie are really giving it their all. For some reason, they truly believed in this production, and you can see it on each of their cute, whiskered, little faces! Ian McKellen’s scenes alone almost make it worth the price of admission. (almost) But… what the cuss happened to this movie? How did it go so WRONG? What in the world was Tom Hooper thinking? Why wasn’t the VFX teams given an additional year to work on it? It’s just a huge, glorious, MESS.
It further fascinating to contemplate what the movie would have been like even if all the technical aspects turned out perfect? The original Broadway version of “Cats” isn’t great, with most of the appeal coming from the exquisite set design, costumes, and live performances. So even if the movie achieved its technical goal, it would still be robbed of those elements. At the very best, we’d have a nice, shiny movie featuring felines wailing about their desire for assisted suicide.
But I guess I am starting to see their viewpoint. If I hear the word Jellical* used to describe one more damn thing, I might want to off myself too.
*I always thought it was spelled with a “G,” like “angelical” but with the “an” removed since they hadn’t made it to Heaven yet?