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Film Review: Cats

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"Cats," is an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical which in turn is based on T.S. Eliot's collection of poetry “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats." The film opens up with a cat named Victoria (Francesca Hayward) being abandoned by her owners in the streets of London where she is introduced to a tribe of cats known as the "Jellicles" led by Old Deuteronomy (Judy Dench). Throughout the film we are introduced to characters through song and dance including Rum Tum Tugger (Jason Derulo), Bustopher Jones (James Corden), Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson), and Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson) all leading to a competition to reach the Heavyside Layer to begin a new life with Macavity, the Mystery Cat (Idris Elba) doing whatever it takes to win.

This film is anything but spectacular when you compare it to the original Broadway musical which it is based on. The characters within the film are poorly developed as they are introduced one by one through song and dance which barely gives us any insight into the characters. The look of the characters are truly appalling as the actors look entirely out of place in the film with their human faces combined with the body of cats. The most disturbing parts of the film is that there are many cats throughout the film that are wearing pants and not wearing pants which makes it seem that there cats that are nudists and features a cat keeping mice and cockroaches with human faces as prisoners. If there is something that we can learn from this film is that not every film based on a Broadway musical translates well to the screen and is better left on the stage.

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