Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

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Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#1 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:54 pm


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Re: New Films in Production, v.2

#2 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:46 pm

Long ago, when our family was on vacation -- in a location with limited TV choices -- a broadcast of this "musical" came on. After listening/watching for about for about 5 minutes, all our children begged us to turn the TV off (they had no idea what it was -- and I had never proselytized against ALW).

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Re: New Films in Production, v.2

#3 Post by Never Cursed » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:13 pm

Universal showed footage of this at CinemaCon, revealing that the titular cats will be mocap-aided CG. One commentator on Twitter described it as “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Avatar.”

And that, unfortunately, makes three posts on this film.

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#4 Post by domino harvey » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:18 pm

They’re apparently also going to be shrunk down to be actual cat-sized in real settings as opposed to making everything bigger and staged, which makes this whole project even more surreal/likely to be an elaborate prank on an entire world

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#5 Post by Big Ben » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:31 pm

Cats is one of those things that everytime I'm reminded of it I'm in awe that it exists. It's a musical about self aware cats that break the fourth wall and while that may sound intriguing I can assure you it's so utterly and shamefully awful. I'm sure I like the many of you can't wait to see Jason Derulo wax poetic as Rum Tum Tugger or watch "Cats" named Munkustrap and Skimbleshanks pontificate about a literal cat heaven (Which is a part of the narrative.).

I'll eat crow if the movie is somehow good but my prediction is that it'll become a memeable joke because I cannot fathom how anyone could turn Cats into something tolerable. It's awful. The musical is also an unbelievable (For this type of musical.) three hours long. So here's hoping Hooper is merciful and cuts chunks out.

Imagine this but millions upon millions of dollars thrown at it WITH CGI:

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#6 Post by Zinoviev » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:47 pm

It can't possibly be as fabulous as "Zoo Animals on Wheels."

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#7 Post by jsteffe » Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:17 am

I still remember watching this with my mom years ago, and we turned to each other in disbelief. It's nothing but a VERY LONG musical revue with clever cat costumes. I can see it working for people because of the unique atmosphere it creates on the stage , but the underlying source material isn't great. It just can't sustain a feature film.

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#8 Post by knives » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:52 am

Well the underlying source material is pretty fun. It's just the musical that's rubbish.

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#9 Post by Timec » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:05 am

I actually like a lot of Lloyd-Webber’s score—and the concept is… Unique. It’s an essentially plotless revue with performers in bizarre cat costumes singing the lyrics of TS Eliot.

But the show itself doesn’t work for me at all. I found the recent Broadway revival interminable.

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#10 Post by Roscoe » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:06 am

They can't say they didn't know what they were getting into. I'm amazed that Rob Marshall didn't get the job.

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#11 Post by Brian C » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:10 am

I grew up listening to the Cats soundtrack on road trips (alternating with John Denver and Bette Midler's Beaches soundtrack). Spoiler alert: it was Mungojerrie AND Rumpelteazer.

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#12 Post by Roscoe » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:59 am

I'll cop to seeing the show on Broadway, very early in its original run. It just seemed like an amusing little idea for a revue that got really horribly overblown in that Trevor Nunn way, the fun curdled into self-importance and faux seriousness and it all got to be overbearing and ultimately ridiculous. Wild horses couldn't drag me to see the film.

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Re: Cats (Tom Hooper, 2019)

#13 Post by jsteffe » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:14 pm

knives wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:52 am
Well the underlying source material is pretty fun. It's just the musical that's rubbish.
Ha! Thank you for the correction. I don't meant the Eliot book of course, but the musical. The soundtrack album without people in cat costumes is OK, and "Memory" has become a pop standard. If the Three Tenors sang it, it must be good!

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