First Glance: “Cats”


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.


36 thoughts on “First Glance: “Cats”

  1. Yikes. I am a sucker for movies with cool visuals and set design, but have an aversion to movies with people dressed as cats, the aversion part is going to outweigh the visual part on this one.

    • Yes! Same here! I’m with you on great visuals and set design. But there is something so incredibly jarring about that trailer and the entire look of that thing. I’ll be passing, at least not in theaters.

  2. Hard pass for me . Im not even a fan of Webers musicals , or more to the point I , I do not like or enjoy musicals . Plus this thing looks ghastly to be honest .

  3. Still not over the horror that was the first trailer. The new trailer didn’t make things any better. I’m just hoping that film will receive…. A SHITLOAD OF RAZZIES. Maybe that way, we can never see that evil, dirty, disgusting, frigid, bottom-bag-feeding, trash-bag succubus Taylor Swift on a film ever again.

    • It’s really hard to watch, isn’t it? It seems like that’s the general consensus. And they are releasing it the same day as Star Wars? It has BOMB written all over it.

      • If it is as bad as it. I wonder how bad it will be as a bomb. Plus, Tom Hooper’s reputation as this Oscar-bait director isn’t helping matters considering how awful his last film was in The Danish Girl. I watched it in scattered viewings and found it to be boring with Eddie Redmayne being so irritating to watch.

  4. I love Cats – have the stage show on DVD and have seen it live so I was super excited when they announced a film adaptation but the first trailer did not do much for my expectations and this one hasn’t helped wither. I’ll be watching it but am not expecting a whole lot of substance.

    • I know it’s a HUGE stage show but boy this looks….off. But I can see where a big fan of the show would want to see it. Apparently they are expecting big things. They’re releasing it up against Star Wars!

      • I’m not all that surprised (that you haven’t seen the first one) 🙂
        Yeah, I was reading last night how it has the biggest opening weekend for an animated film ever, already putting it halfway to making the top 10 movies of the year (box office wise). We’ve already had a record-breaking 7 billion-dollar films; it seems F2 will be #8.
        (Actually, Frozen II will be my 5th film in cinema, and the 3rd this year – I’d forgotten Joker. Growing up as the oldest of 8 children, financially speaking, attending theatre wasn’t much of an option.)

      • Oh I understand. Taking just a family of four is really expensive! I’m mainly able to see as many movies as I do because I go a lot by myself. Early morning screenings are my favorites!

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