This post is something different than what I normally write. It has nothing to do with books and all about the musical Cats.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to go see the musical with my mom and sister. I wouldn’t exactly say we’re theater buffs or anything, but we have seen quite a few musicals together over the years. When we left the theater after the show, we all had similar thoughts. The biggest one was “What did we just see?”. None of us had read what the musical was about prior to the show and we left a little confused. There seemed to be little plot with a ton of singing and dancing. I honestly almost fell asleep in the first Act. The music pretty much lulled me to sleep. The second Act was better and the story started coming together for me.
My overall thoughts on the musical were that while the singing, dancing, sets, costumes, productions were all amazing, it wasn’t my favorite. It was kind of boring. There will be a TON of people who disagree with me. I know this. Cats is highly celebrated. Obviously, it just wasn’t for me. It would be 3 out of 5 stars for me. I might have given it 2 stars if I didn’t think it was so well done for what it was.
So if I wasn’t a big fan of the musical why would I see the movie?
I have to admit I saw the Cats movie based on curiosity and star power. It’s been hyped just about everywhere. I was wondering how Hollywood would turn a slightly confusing musical into a movie. Honestly, I think they did a pretty good job. The screenplay was able to do something the musical didn’t. It made the story easier to follow and added in some moments where the characters talked instead of sang. The little changes here and there enhanced the story. The dancing, singing, and sets were beautiful. I did find the cat-like appearances of the cast a little creepy at times, but they looked like cats so…
As for that star power, I know you’re curious. I was surprised at how good some of the actors were. James Corden and Rebel Wilson were a couple of my favorite cats. I also really liked Francesca Hayward. I thought I would love Taylor Swift’s performance, but she didn’t take on as many cat-like movements as I thought she would. I could see her personal performance movements in the film, which surprised me. Not that she didn’t do a nice job, she did. There were just other actors who shined more.
Overall, I enjoyed watching Cats the movie more than the musical. It wasn’t that it was necessarily better than the musical. (It probably wasn’t in all reality.) It was just easier for me to understand. Now, I kind of wish I could go back and re-watch the musical. I think I would enjoy it more because I would have a better understanding of the story — that there actually was a story.
Oh! I feel like I should report that my almost 12 year old loved it. It seemed like the four older women in the audience with us also did. I did see a younger couple leave before even half way into the movie, and a mother-son duo left about 3/4 in. So only 6 out of 10 watchers finished it.