By LauRen Merola
This week I was lucky enough to catch Universal’s new movie adaptation of the Broadway show CATS. As a former theatre major, I really appreciated the original stage version of this play so I was excited to see how it would be interpreted on the big screen. Although I loved it I am not sure that everyone will.
This movie made me incredibly sad and excited at the same time. As I was enjoying the beautiful dancing, incredible costumes, and the star-studded cameos I realized that not everyone was “feeling it”; in fact, a lot of people actually got up and left the theater during the movie.
If you really want to prepare yourself for what you are walking into, the plot is loosely based on Jellicle cats going to a ball in which each cat will perform to see who will win a new life (as if nine lives isn’t enough). Now, I will say the point of this play (and movie) is less about the storyline and more about the spectacle of visual pleasure.
Rebel Wilson and James Corden are hilarious, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift are satisfyingly evil, and Jennifer Hudson’s encore of her performance during “Memories” was magnetic.
Read the rest of this review, and see a gallery from the premiere’s red carpet, here.