Tuesday, December 24, 2019
As a non-fan of the disturbingly popular Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, (I prefer "Phantom of the Opera") most of the film was completely lost on me. There's a catchy tune here and there and I found myself tapping my foot to the beat but the music mostly feels outdated, corny, and unmemorable. Again, the actors are trying but moments that are supposed to be moving and dramatic come across as garish and silly. Jennifer Hudson's rendition of Memory is fine, but I just couldn't take her cat face seriously. And then there's Judi Dench and her distracting whisker mustache. I couldn't look away. And for God's sake why are these characters wearing fur coats??
Having sat through Tom Hooper's bizarre, ill-conceived film I have way more questions than answers. If the cats are supposed to actually be the size of cats in world where regular sized humans exist then why are there places like the Catsino and The Meow Bar? And I still don't even know what a Jellicle cat is nor do I really care to find out what happens to Jennifer Hudson after she sets off onto her hot air balloon. Ugh what a truly wacko film. There's certainly nothing else quite like it that's for damn sure. GRADE: D