Andrew Lloyd Webber β€œCats” Movie Review


My first thoughts after seeing the Cats movie in the theatre were bizarre, confusing, and trancing.

I went into this not having ever seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical, Cats. I had only heard and knew what it was about, but seeing it as the Cats movie was my first experience with this show. This could be a good or bad thing – I’m not sure if that fact contributed to my thoughts or not. I was a bit confused for the first half of the show, then it put me in a trance. I was mesmerized by the music and dancing. It was weird to see humans dressed as cats, this is where the bizarre part came in.

Thank you theCityMoms and Universal Pictures for the opportunity to see the pre-screening of cats at Landmark’s Glendale 12 Theatre in Indianapolis! I received free admission to this screening as a theCityMoms member. As always, opinions are purely my own.

This musical is about cats, hence the name, but the actors are all human and dressed in furry costumes. Most without clothing, which makes it look bizarre. And they a miniature cats, but yet not miniature because they are human size. And they have human faces. And they are weirdly shaped, they have human butts with tails. I don’t know, it’s weird (and I said the word “butts” in a movie review). It might just be the type of weird some people find entertaining, though.

Most concerning for me about the film is that it launches the same day as the new Star Wars movie and I’m afraid that Star Wars will kick its butt (pun totally intended). I say this in the most serious, but nonserious, and also confused way. Because I’m still a bit confused about this film. I’ve never really left a bad movie review, and this isn’t a “bad review” but I also am not sure how to portray that to you. If you are interested, you might just have to see it for yourself.

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There are quite a few popular actors in this film: Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, and Jason Derulo to name a few. For such a cast, I might have expected more acting, but this is a musical. And that’s exactly what you’ll be seeing, a musical. The acting is very limited, and the majority of it is showcased by Francesca Hayward (the main character, Victoria). This was Francesca’s first film, she is a ballerina that was recruited for her dancing skills. Using her as the main actress may have been a disadvantage for the film.

Rebel Wilson and Jason Corden did a good job of keeping it entertaining. They were the highlight of the show for me and as expected, added their usual humor and wit to the film. Judi Dench was another favorite, playing the role of Old Deuteronomy, she added a bit of maturity and seriousness to the film. Idris Elba played the bad guy (or cat), and Taylor Swift played his “bad girl” sidekick. It was obvious they tried to sexualize Swift’s character, in a PG way.

Cats is rated PG, and I would agree this is an accurate rating. I did not detect any language in this film, nor violence or sexual content. It was rather clean, actually. However, I’ll note again that the naked, human cat bodies were weird. And since it’s not a cartoon the characters could scare younger children. Common Sense Media advises this is best for ages 10+.

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