Director Tom Hooper must have had dozens of bricks to bring back as a Christmas gift, when the adaptation of the Broadway musical called Cats: Cats, really failed miserably. The film is receiving a lot of criticism from both professionals and moviegoers. The most obvious evidence for the tragic end of Cats is the 17% score on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Negative comments and comments about the film have been appearing ever since the first trailer of the film was released. The first day of the Cats release also grossed … “terrible” with only 6.2 million. Actually this is a very painful result after the efforts of the whole crew.
But this review is not to be deceived, but to advocate for this adaptation. Ignoring haters, ignoring disgusting comments, ignoring the flat score and also disappointing sales. If you love music, you will love the movie. If you like the choreography and the inability to act, you’ll love the movie. So treat this as a work to enjoy in the Christmas season, not too scrutinizing.
The story of Cats: Cats are very simple. Almost all the details in the book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S Elliot, published in 1939, are completely preserved. Victoria kitten, played by bale actress Francesca Hayward, was thrown away in an alley in London. Soon after, the cat was surrounded by wild cats named Jellicles, and they introduced themselves with the song Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats. The members of this “gang” include Skimbleshanks, Jennyanydots, two thieves Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, fat cat Bustopher Jones and finally Mr. Mistoffelees with a warm heart.
Victoria seems to have joined the ranks of Jellicles cats on a pretty day. Deuteronomy, the goddess of cats, is hosting the annual party called Jellicle Ball. Each cat will have to impress her to enter the Heaviside Layer, where the chosen cat will have the opportunity to reincarnate. However, all conflicts occur when the Jellicles group is attacked by Macavity, a crafty, cunning cat. His accomplices Growltiger and Bombalurina want to take control of their leader Macavity.
The production, design and costumes of the movie are very … weird. This I also agree. However, the more you watch, the more familiar the audience becomes familiar with the images. To do this, audiences must at least have faith in the adaptations, or in this case Cats. The costumes and makeup of the actors are greatly supported thanks to CGI technology. The cats in the movie are modified with mischievous ears and the tail is always fluttering. Another thing that audiences need to keep in mind is that the characters in the movie are full-sized, like cats. So the set must be really huge. For most of the film, cats will dance together, sing under tables, or even on a dirty street with dozens of trash bins around.