The 2019 musical fantasy film ” Cats” released in the United States and the United Kingdom on the 20th of December by Universal Pictures. It is based on the stage musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which was based on the famous poetry collection ” Old Possum’s book of practical cats” by T.S Eliot (1939).
The film is directed by one of the most renowned directors in Hollywood, Tom Hooper. It is his second musical after Les Miserables (2012) that rose to eminence considerably, regardless “Cats” failed to produce if not similar impact, it disappointed the audience. With the screenplay by Lee Hall and Hooper, it features an ensemble cast including James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Ballerina Francesca Hayward in her first-ever feature-length film role.
The film received negative feedback from critics, who criticized it’s CGI effect (computer-generated imagery), lack of plot and storyline accompanied by an inconsistent tone. The story ‘s background set in London’s West End, portrays an abandoned white kitten, Victoria who finds herself among a community of ” Jellicle cats”, competing for the chance to ascend to the heaven side layer, also known as Cat Heaven, where they would be reborn.
Each cat is expected and allowed to prove her by singing a song, much like the public competitions such as season three of American Idol. However lacking narrative scaffolding and appeal, the film entirely does depend on Llyod Webber and Trevor Nunn’s songs. Moreover, for most of the other acting cast members, the film is an evident career low.
The movie fails to convey both emotional appeal and info inform, even though it is rated U ( universal), many of it’s uncanny and disturbing images are likely to haunt its viewer for years to come. The movie is hubristic and inelegant, thus it is not a total shocker that the movie has not been given a post-credit scene.