- Origin: 2/25
- Story: 1/25
- Camera/SFX: 0/25
- Performance: 4/25
Universal Pictures and Working Title’s Cats is a most-unexpected film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved smash musical “Cats” and the poems from “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” by T.S. Eliot. Oscar (R)-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) brings astonishing new technology to transform his cast members. Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan is casting the film adaptation. The epic will be produced by Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow Les Misérables producer Debra Hayward-who brought the idea to Working Title. CATS will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group and executive produced by three-time Oscar (R) winner Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison. Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse) have adapted the story for the screen. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981-where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The groundbreaking production based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of so one’s ever really gone…
- Rated: PG (Rude and suggestive humour)
- Genre: Comedy, Drama and Musical
- Directed by: Tom Hooper
- Written by: Tom Hooper and Lee Hall
- Release date: 20th December, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 102 minutes
- Studio: Universal Pictures
|Judi Dench||Old Deuteronomy|
|Jason Derulo||Rum Tum Tugger|
I see what the director tried to do, but it didn’t work. The magic of Cats the musical was lost in all the effects and rubbish camera shots. The context was there, but I ended up being confused at what was going on. There was hardly any break in-between songs so you had no time to develop characters nor be able to think.
Making a musical into a film 9/10 goes wrong. You can’t just simply do the same thing you did on a stage in front of camera. You ned to adapt to the screen, make it more engaging and reduce song times. it just dragged and the story just got lost in the madness.
This was the worst special effects of any film I’ve seen for awhile. It looked wrong, it creeped me out so much that I thought I had been drugged. They tried to film it like a theatre performances of Cats, rather than treat it like a film. You can’t expect a musical to work on screen unless you adapt it.
I don’t think any Oscar performance was going to save this disaster. The actors talents were lost in all the rubbish and the once loved musical is now mocked. There were a few actors that I thought had questionable acting ability, like James Corden and Taylor Swift for example. This film was not a good career move for any of them.