CATS the musical is one of my favorite theatrical productions. I have seen some excellent productions and recently some not so great productions. I was off the roof excited that CATS was going to be taken to the screen and the cast that was chosen was amazing.
For those of you who may not know the story of CATS, the story is built on the poems by T.S. Eliot from his collection “Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats.” Once a year the Jellicle cats come together to see which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn to a new Jellicle life.
If you have been around a cat for a while you know that a ball of string is a total joy for a feline to play with. The ball of string for the film are numerous. The costumes and set are exciting and from a cat’s level. The dancing, feline movement, and voices are great. I really enjoyed Francesca Hayward’s performance as the thrown away cat Victoria. She brings an innocence and wonder to the role. Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella the Glamour Cat was on point and her voice was amazing.
However, there were a few fur balls. Unfortunately, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy was the biggest fur ball of all. While her acting was amazing, her singing voice was not the best and it wasn’t strong enough to wrap the story up as Old Deuteronomy does. To be honest it was sad and hard to watch. Another fur ball for me is they changed the Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer song. The melody of the song was completely changed. Even though the words were the same it did not have the same effect. Jennifer Hudson is fantastic; however, I wish someone had wiped her nose. When she cries her nose runs and it was a bit distracting.
The film CATS is not for small children. I would suggest 13 years of age up. It is entertaining especially if you are seeing the production of it for the first time.
Until next time, keep your EYE to the sky!