I must admit, I was a little hesitant about seeing this movie, because the trailer was not that enticing, given the over-dramatic look of the cats’ upgraded appearance. I am a huge Cats on broadway fan — so because I’m loyal, I figured I would give it a try. If you’ve never seen the broadway musical, you never will, unless you are a theatre major, a ballet enthusiast, or just simply a musical arts nerd.
Let me keep it real, Cats is merely a roll call of stray felines that introduce themselves musically; while at the same time, a few of them are vying for the title of the chosen Jellicle to descend into cat heaven and reincarnate into Cat 2.0.
The cast included some big names such as Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench (our beloved from 007 Skyfall), and James Corden. However, I wasn’t that impressed with James and Rebel Wilson’s role. Their humorous narrative seem a little overplayed to me. I was impressed with the agility of the cast and their convincing cat movements. On the other hand, I absolutely did not like that the characters looked so human; that was a turn off to me for sure. While I’m sure that was intentional by the directors to make them seem more human, hence, the final scene by Old Deuteronomy where she points out the commonality between humans and felines.
By the way, do cats really drink milk? My cat, Dominion ShakaZulu, does not. I am pretty sure I remember the veterinarian telling me that milk is bad for cats, yet I continue to see it on screen. But, I digress…. The songs were great and I think there were one or two new ones added to this reel. The length of the film was just right.
Of all the cat characters and introductions, my favorite is Railway Cat. He is super awesome and reminded me of Elton John and Gregory Hines.
Finally, I love experiences where the underdog (or cat in this case) comes out on top, and someone always has their back. I was bullied as a child and unfortunately, I didn’t have a Victoria Cat in my corner. Those scenes pulled at my heart strings.
Now, let me mention that the audience, during my viewing, laughed a lot, to the point I thought I was missing something, because they laughed so much and so hard. I am in San Francisco tonight so maybe they had smoked a little to much “devils lettuce” before arriving. When you see it, you let me know what was sooooo darn funny. IJS!
So there you have it, the cat’s out of the bag and I look forward to your feedback.
About The Peetimes: I’m a huge Cats fan and did my best to find Peetimes that would appease those who love this production like I do. But it wasn’t easy picking Peetimes for this beloved musical classic. Of the three Peetimes, I would recommend the 1st one.
There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Cats. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)
Rated (PG) for some rude and suggestive humor
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
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