Rent Cats (2019)

2.2 of 5 from 180 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Academy-Award-winning director Tom Hooper transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering musical into a cinematic event. Starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introducing Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward. With a world-class cast of dancers showcasing styles from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap, this film reimagines the stage musical for a new generation. You will believe in the fun and magic of 'Cats'.
Actors:
, , , , , , Jaih Betote, , , , Jonadette Carpio, , , Freya Rowley, , Naoimh Morgan, Danny Collins, , , Ida Saki
Directors:
Producers:
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Tom Hooper
Writers:
T.S. Eliot, Lee Hall
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Children & Family, Comedy, Drama, Music & Musicals, New Releases, Performing Arts, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Special Interest
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2020
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats
  • Singing Live
  • Cat School
  • Director's Journey
  • Making Music
  • The Art of Dance
  • Scaling Up
  • A Little Magic
  • The Dancers
  • Making Macavity
  • Feature Commentary
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/06/2020
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Anglicized English Audio Description, English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 9 Lives: The Cast of Cats
  • Singing Live
  • Cat School
  • Director's Journey
  • Making Music
  • The Art of Dance
  • Scaling Up
  • A Little Magic
  • The Dancers
  • Making Macavity
  • Feature Commentary

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Reviews (4) of Cats

Can I give it zero? - Cats review by TH

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15/04/2020

Wow. Where to begin. I know this film was a major flop at the cinema and amongst the critics, but I was tempted to see if it was all that bad. I went in open minded and realised within half hour that this film was truly terrible. The songs seem to blend into one with only memories standing out. The storyline (was there one?) is thin at best and the cgi and acting from all involved was terrible.

Pushed to think of a positive other than Tom Hooper is allowed a misstep.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

unnecessary partially computer generated cats - Cats review by CJ

Spoiler Alert
27/06/2020

This film initially looked quite innovative but soon turned into something less amazing than it could have been, and that's really down to the computerized cats themselves I feel. To be honest I think that you could have achieved much better results by simply dressing the cast in updated fur cat suits than trying to turn them into cats with computers. Or alternatively give all the cast animated cat faces to go with the cat bodies. As it stands the characters in the main just look odd with the semi-human heads, and the scale of them looks odd too. If they were cats in a human world, given the size of the beds, it may have been a good idea to see the scale of the computerized cats if you had even seen just one glimpse of a full size person with them.

Additionally the film itself is really one for those who appreciate the dance, as you can expect it's non-stop dancing, and can get bit tedious to the average viewer.

I still think you can't beat the original 1980s version with the cat costumes and makeup, but maybe this version may appeal to the modern youngster. To me it's a bit like comparing the original 1970s charlie and the chocolate factory and it's modern version, it may not be as slick as the remake but it's more enjoyable.

So this CATS update wasn't as great as it could have been really.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Absolutely awful - Cats review by CC

Spoiler Alert
02/07/2020

Don’t waste your time the story is hard to follow and is just awful. The start is all over the place all it needed was a little narrative but there is none 

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Cats review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

There are few movies that truly break my brain and I find myself unable to fully comprehend the screen. Cats is that mind-bending bizarre film that becomes such a fever dream there’s a breaking point for the audience. Around the time that Ian McKellen started lapping milk from a saucer and hissing, something broke. We could all feel it. Our minds were slipping away. In this scenario, there are only two options. You either squirm in your seat for the awful surrealness of such a picture or you embrace its madness and trashy nature. Being someone who always tries to go to the movies to have a good time, I favored the side of pleasing. A trashy thrill brewed from a mixture of insanity and guilty pleasure but I just can’t be mad about a film this strange.

Based on the popular musical, Cats never slows down to fully explain what is going on. The best I could gather from such a chaotic first act is that the central characters are cats living on the street. They must dance and sing for the chance to be chosen as a cat that will essentially die and go onto a better life. Yes, this is seriously the plot. And so the cats sing and dance about everything. Do not expect the cats to slow down and explain themselves if there isn’t a song happening. The newest cat of Victoria will not help you; she can only do so much as an audience surrogate to this madness.

What follows is a slew of strange scenes with wall-to-wall music, never placing a cohesiveness to any of its strangeness and wonder. Judi Dench, dressed in a fur coat and whiskers, plays the elder cat who ultimately makes the call for the cat who will ascend to the heavens. Idris Elba, dressed in street hustler attire, is the evil wizard cat that hopes to kidnap all the performing cats so that he will win the contest of reincarnation by default. And then there’s Jennifer Hudson as the poor soul of a cat with a beautiful voice and snot all over her face. Rebel Wilson and James Corden basically appear in the picture in hopes of one-upping the other in how many tubby and clumsy antics they can get into with this visual effects feast. And Taylor Swift is there.

As if it needed to be said, everything in this film is strange and I don’t just mean the off-putting special effects of turning human beings into anthropomorphized cats. The music is severely dated, bouncing around so many different styles that include the likes of creepy 80s synth, vibrant rap, overdone opera, and dusty broadway numbers. The very staging, one that seems to fluctuate between a believable large world for these cats and stage production, boggles the mind at the visual choices which seem to be for little more than confusing glimmering. Any attempt to fully understand why cats wear coats or how Taylor Swift keeps catnip in a bedazzled tin or how Rebel Wilson can shed her skin for a sparkling musical outfit will be met with no answers. Your brain will only melt.

Because of such insanity, as well as visual effects that were never fully finished by the time I got to the screener, a lot of critics have savaged the film as not just one of the worst films of 2019 but the decade as a whole. Hyperbolic, perhaps, but this all depends on how willing you are to embrace the trashy thrill of it all. This is an overly ambitious picture that falls flat on its face but for even attempting to take that big step out and landing with a floor-cracking thud, I must admit I was amused. I will never forget as crazy a picture as Cats, a film that may or may not be destined for cult midnight showings for sing-alongs. I appreciate that a film such as this, misguided in nearly every aspect, had the audacity to chuck my brain in a microwave and set it to crazy.

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