Cat-tastrophe strikes in theaters


Cats movie release poster

Meghan Hall, Staff Writer

On December 20 2019, the worst movie I have ever seen came to theaters. The live action adaption of the 1981 musical Cats was released. The film has been joked about for the past few months because of its trailers showcasing the horrifying visuals of humans made to look like cats through CGI. Although these trailers were atrocious, they were amazing works of art compared to the actual film itself.

The new adaptation of Cats mirrors the events that take place in the original musical, however I would hardly say that these events made up a plot. The movie had rather one main idea-all of the cats from their area come together at a ball to go through the ritual of determining which cat will get the privilege to ascend to the new life. Each cat makes his or her case of why they should ascend with a song and dance about their story. Song and dance numbers take up the entirety of the film, leaving little time for any dialogue.

The cast featured notable actors such as Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Ian McKellen, and Francesca Hayward. These actors were astounding at dancing, however some of their acting was questionable based on how little dialogue they spoke. The horrible songs outweigh the passable singing skills of the most of the cast.

The turnout of the film was laughable. When I went to the theaters to see the movie, there were around ten other people, but a dad and his two young children left within the first five minutes of the movie.

There was multiple moments in the movie that I thought to myself, “What is going on? Why did I choose to see Cats? I could have seen anything and I saw Cats?”. For example, a song might have been about a weird topic, or two cats would rub their faces together awkwardly instead of kissing. The visuals were undoubtedly the worst part of the film. But perhaps the the worst CGI mistake of the movie was that sometimes when a character was dancing or jumping, his or her feet would never touch the ground or they would go through the ground.

Overall, I would not recommend this film to any group of people. In every aspect, this was the worst movie I have ever seen. I would say don’t waste your money or time to see it in theaters, or anywhere else.