Let me preface this entire thing by saying I’m pretty sure I’m not the target audience for Tom Hooper’s “Cats”. This is a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s immensely popular stage musical which was based on a T.S. Eliot’s book of cat poetry. While there has been a direct-to-video adaptation, this is the first time “Cats” has been given the big screen treatment. The new trailer has dropped and all I can think about is how weird the whole thing looks.
It’s not that I don’t like musicals, but I’m pretty picky when it comes to them. In light of that, take most of what I say with a grain of salt. The first trailer for “Cats” certainly looks like Universal has given Hooper a blank check. In fact some reports say the budget for the film is nearly $300 million. I guess it makes sense considering the elaborate set design, wild costumes, loads of makeup and CGI, and the star-studded cast (James Corden, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Hudson among others). Still, I can’t get over how bizarre (even unpleasant) it looks.
“Cats” is set to hit theaters December 20th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.