Cats

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Cats
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Behold, the movie that gave Cats a bad image!
Genre: Musical
Directed By: Tom Hooper
Produced By: Debra Hayward
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Tom Hooper
Written By: Lee Hall
Tom Hooper
Based On: Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
Starring: James Corden
Judi Dench
Jason Derulo
Idris Elba
Jennifer Hudson
Ian McKellen
Taylor Swift
Rebel Wilson
Francesca Hayward
Cinematography: Christopher Ross
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: December 16, 2019 (Alice Tully Hall)
December 20, 2019 (US & UK)
Runtime: 110 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
United States
Language: English
Budget: $95 million
Box Office: $75.4 million

Cats is a 2019 musical fantasy film based on the Broadway musical of the same name. It is the second musical film directed by Tom Hopper, with the first being the 2012 film Les Misérables.

Plot

After being abandoned in the streets of London, a young cat named Victoria is introduced to the tribe of other cats called the Jellicles. The Jellicles have a yearly ceremony called the Jellicle Ball, where the cats can compete in to go to the Heaviside Layer and be granted the one-time ability of reincarnation. One of the competing cats, Macavity, plans on kidnapping other competitors to increase his chances of winning.

Why It Sucks

  1. To get the cat out of the bag (no pun intended), the designs of the cats are very creepy, uncanny, and don't even resemble real-life cats; they look more like humans in fursuits. They are also reminiscent of the infamous 2003 film adaptation of The Cat in the Hat, which Universal also distributed.
    • To make matters worse, when a character turns or tilts their head, their faces barely move, making them look off-center.
    • The designs are also inconsistent, as some characters have clothes, while others don't. Also, some of the cat characters walk normally like humans, while others walk on all fours.
  2. Absolutely horrendous CGI:
    • The computer-generated motion-capture work used to portray the characters is hideous and can be considered nightmare fuel for some people.
    • It overuses computer-generated imagery, which causes almost everything in the film to feel fake. Even simple objects could have been props instead of computer-generated imagery.
    • As the film was apparently only finished 48 hours before the premiere, there were many glitches with the computer-generated imagery in the original theatrical release, particularly in one scene when Judi Dench's hand, complete with her wedding ring, that appears instead of her character's cat paw. After poor reviews, Universal had to send another copy to theaters with improved visual effects.
    • What doesn't help matters is that Tom Hooper had no prior experience working in movies heavily reliant on CGI and special effects, despite some being used in his previous works.
  3. Poor grasp of the source material. The setting of the film, for example, isn't set in a destroyed London like in the original Broadway musical. It also lacks the dark tone of the original.
  4. The singing is really bad (save for Jennifer Hudson). e.g. with the first song "Jellicles songs part 1", all singers sound uninterested, non-energetic, or just out of breath.
  5. Although they are not as bad as the character designs, the design in most of the areas are also ugly as they either lack color or have too much color, and seem like they have been abandoned for a very long time.
  6. The original musical barely had any plot, forcing the writers to basically make one up for the movie. When it appears, it is usually presented through the songs throughout the movie which can be difficult to follow.
    • Even if one were to understand what the plot is, they will find it to be a boring and uninteresting one.
  7. There are even many plot holes, such as; how did Victoria get abandoned on the streets in the opening, despite the rest of the film taking place in Purgatory and not in the real world?
  8. Most of the characters are introduced through songs, but some don't appear at all after their song, making them mostly pointless.
  9. The acting is so bad (especially considering those involved in the cast) that it can appear unintentionally hilarious to some. The horrible character designs don't help matters at all as they will cause people to take the acting even less seriously.
    • Questionable casting choices, most notably casting actors who have little to no involvement in the music industry such as James Corden and musicians who have little to no involvement in the acting industry such as Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo.
    • Despite being cast as the lead character, Francesca Hayward had no experience in the acting or music industries, with her prior work being only as a ballerina. Not surprisingly, her performance is by far the worst in the movie (with the arguable exception of only Rebel Wilson, and even then Wilson later admitted she knew the movie was going to suck, and so likely wasn't really putting in a full effort).
    • The acting itself can also sometimes be inconsistent. When Rum Tum Tugger is first introduced, he speaks in a British accent, but once he screams "Let’s dance!", he's suddenly American, then proceeding to sing his number going back and forth between accents.
  10. Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson) and Bustopher Jones (James Corden) are annoying characters who try to be comedic, but nearly all of their "comedy" is cringe-worthy and unfunny, such as using cat puns that are even worse than Catwoman.
  11. Many of the characters act horny, like real cats when in heat, which is very inappropriate for a PG-rated movie.
  12. Macavity, the main antagonist, is portrayed as very generic and a major downgrade from the original musical, as he is just one of those villains who does bad stuff just for the sake of it.
  13. The sizes of the characters are inconsistent, as they sometimes appear to be as large as a human, or as small as a mouse.
  14. Some scenes are very disturbing, especially that one anthropomorphic cockroach scene where one of the cat characters eats a cockroach from under a table.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. A few of the actors do a good job portraying their characters, despite the bad script (or lack of one altogether).
    • Taylor Swift's brief appearance as Bombalurina is by far one of the best parts of the movie.
  2. The music is fairly decent to listen to, despite most of it being unoriginal. Jennifer Hudson's cover of "Memory" is a particular standout.
  3. Some could get some ironic enjoyment out of how utterly insane and bonkers the movie is.

Reception

Cats was critically panned upon release with the CGI effects used on the characters being its most criticized aspect. On Rotten Tomatoes, The film has a critic approval rating of 21%, with an average rating of 3.76/10, and reads "Despite its fur-midable cast, this Cats adaptation is a clawful mistake that will leave most viewers begging to be put out of their mew-sery.". On Metacritic, the film has a critic score of 32/100. On IMDb, the film has an average user rating of 2.6/10. On Letterboxd, the film has an average rating of 1.7/5. Cinemascore gave the film a C+, while PostTrak gave it 1/2 star out of 5.

Angry Joe gave the film a 1/10, the same score that Holmes and Watson received last year, calling the film "a total waste of money". His two friends Other Joe and Alex both gave the film a 2/10. Chris Stuckmann gave the film an "F" and described the movie as a "drug trip" and stated that there was "nothing redeeming" about the film.

Despite the negative reviews, the user scores on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic were mixed with an audience approval rating of 55% and an average rating of 3.25/5 on the former and a user score of 6.6/10 on the latter.

Universal themselves found the movie to be so bad, that they made the movie ineligible to receive a nomination or award at the 92nd Academy Awards with the ceremony itself even poking fun at the film when two of the film's cast members showed up dressed as their respective characters, complete with actual make-up and cat-suits in contrast to the CGI characters.[1]

Due to the poor critical reception, and that the film's release date was when large-scale releases like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2GMW were dominating the box office, the film bombed at the box office. It grossed around $60 million worldwide against a budget of around $95 million.[2] The film lost at least $71 million.

At the 40th annual Golden Raspberry Awards in 2020 (which became a YouTube video dubbed "The Lock-Down Edition" due to the COVID-19 outbreak), Cats won six trophies, including "Worst Screenplay" for writers Lee Hall and Tom Hooper, "Worst Director" for Hooper, "Worst Screen Combo" for "Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs", "Worst Supporting Actress" for Rebel Wilson, "Worst Supporting Actor" for James Corden, and "Worst Picture".

Trivia

  • Amblimation (animation company of Amblin Entertainment) would originally make a traditional animated musical film based on Cats in 1997. Unfortunately, the project was abandoned because of the failure of BaltoGMW competing against Pixar's Toy StoryGMW and leading to the closure of Amblimation Studios which was later folded into DreamWorks Animation (now owned by Universal since 2016).
  • There's an internet rumor that an original cut for the movie that featured several CGI anuses exists, dubbed the "Butthole cut." The producers have somewhat confirmed that it's real.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber says this film was ridiculous. there it is.

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Comments


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Eric Cartman 2001

7 months ago
Score 4
I would like to apologise to every other cat that lives in this world. This film has disgraced them all.
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LA2002

7 months ago
Score 4
This film was doomed to fail. If anything, the Broadway musical deserved better.
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EijiZeBoi

6 months ago
Score 2
The Broadway musical is amazing compared to this crap.
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LA2002

5 months ago
Score 1

Yeah, and of course, the 92nd Academy Awards even poked fun at this mess of a film, where the announcers for the winner for "Best Visual Effects" turn out to be none other than two of the cast members of the film dressed as their respective characters, and in that one, they used actual costumes and makeup, in complete contrast to the horrible CGI used on that film.

Now, the bold words on here are simply to underline the truth, but in no way it's meant to sound immature, Eiji, so yeah. Think about it, pal.
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Gabby3399

7 months ago
Score 3
When I watched the trailers of it I was disgusted when I looked at them. I was never excited for this movie. Furries with human face WTF. This movie ruined my imagination.
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Gabgaberox

7 months ago
Score 2
I hope this film, Hellboy or Leaving Bullshitland win Worst Picture.
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Trevor807

3 months ago
Score 0
Your wish has been granted. It won five other Razzies too.
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Official-PSASD

7 months ago
Score 1
I really hate to say this... ImageMovers Mars Needs Moms is far superior to this
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EnnardTrap1987

7 months ago
Score 5
Scariest horror movie of 2019, right here.
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IdkAUsername

7 months ago
Score 1
lol
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EijiZeBoi

6 months ago
Score 2
Yeah. It makes Us and Midsommar look like My Little Pony.
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EijiZeBoi

7 months ago
Score 2
I don't know why people hate this movie. It's good to see new horror movies every year.
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Hookuai

7 months ago
Score 0

Eww... They looked like of it was bestiality to me

Animals moxed with xats
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EijiZeBoi

7 months ago
Score 4
This is what the people in Bird Box saw that made them kill themselves.
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LA2002

7 months ago
Score 0
Well, nice joke there.
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AkihitoZero5454

7 months ago
Score 1
This movie is a terrible bore!
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SpazJR61

7 months ago
Score 5
Sonic's pre-redesign design is actually good after seeing these designs.
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XxxRazorbackxxx

7 months ago
Score 1
This movie is tested 100% positive for toxoplasmosis.
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 8

The audiences after watching the Cats movie.

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SonicClub

7 months ago
Score 2
I hate this film!
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Rockman138

7 months ago
Score 3
Holy crap. Never have I seen a movie get this many negative feedback since Ghostbusters 2016, The Emoji Movie, or even worse... Sherlock Gnomes.
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Rockman138

7 months ago
Score 0
I haven't really seen the movie, but from the looks of the feedback. Well, I should go see the trailer and see what they completely mean.
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Chang

6 months ago
Score 2
Spiritual successor to 2003's The Cat in the Hat.
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EijiZeBoi

6 months ago
Score 0
This movie could be a satire on film adaptations as a concept, that's why I'm wanting to watch it for some reason because it's better than TROS and it's scary af.
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EijiZeBoi

6 months ago
Score 0
If you were to look at Cats as a horror movie, it would be one of the best horror movies in a long time. Never look at it as a musical comedy.
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ItMeansNothing

6 months ago
Score 0
Cats is basically Hellboy (2019) but everyone is Hellboy.
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ItMeansNothing

6 months ago
Score 0

"The Must See Musical Event"

HELL NO
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Botbuster

4 months ago
Score 0
More like the "Must Avoid Musical Disaster".
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EijiZeBoi

6 months ago
Score 4
I LOVED the Cats musical. It had awesome songs, awesome costumes, awesome acting, awesome everything! But this movie? It just spat on the musical's face. It has nothing I loved about the original at all.
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LOLer

6 months ago
Score 0
*Laughs in nekomimi*
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EijiZeBoi

5 months ago
Score 0
This is Hollywood's way of combating online piracy. Making a movie nobody wants to watch.
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EijiZeBoi

5 months ago
Score 4

Nobody:

The Cats movie:

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DJ2006

5 months ago
Score 0
XD
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 2
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 0
Seth Rogen watched this movie while stoned.
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 2
The funniest part of this movie are the reviews.
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 4
The uhh... "meow" joke in the Sonic movie was trying to warn us about Cats.
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 0
Half of the budget was probably spent on weed for the animators.
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 0
You know a movie's bad when not even the furries like it.
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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 0
This film turned me from a happy child into a sad monster who doesn't know his family anymore.
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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 0

This movie wasn't released.

















It escaped.
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EijiZeBoi

3 months ago
Score 0
This movie is why animals won't talk to us.
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score 0

My reaction after seeing this movie: My reaction after seeing.gif

I don't know where is this from i just took it from the inernet.
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RyMann37

3 months ago
Score 0
I wish Francesca Hayward performed in the one of the Trolls movies instead.
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MintypuffLove

2 months ago
Score 0

This is a disgrace to the following: Furries Cats

People as a whole
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EijiZeBoi

2 months ago
Score 0
RELEASE THE BUTTHOLE CUT DAMMIT.
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EijiZeBoi

2 months ago
Score 0
When Taylor Swift said "I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams," she was talking about this movie.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score 0
What is really weird is that everyone likes this movie in person, but everyone hates it online.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score 0
The movie that gave cats a bad image
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LancedSoul

17 days ago
Score 0
Copy pasting.
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The Autistic Balto

one month ago
Score 1
Too bad Balto flopped at the Box office. The original Cats movie looked better than this movie.
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DLFSyt

one month ago
Score 2
This movie deserves to be on the Awful Movies Wiki!
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LancedSoul

17 days ago
Score 0
Universal Pictures, what have you done!?
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Skyisgreyish

16 days ago
Score 0
I love cats but not these ones!
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GD2031

11 days ago
Score 0
I Lost my faith in humanity again :/
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Icy Hot

9 days ago
Score 0
Despite what everybody says, if you own a cat, you're better off showing it "Pet Sematary (2019)" rather than this movie.
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Tony Li

7 days ago
Score 0
Midnight! Not a sound from the pavement! Have the moon lost her memory? She is smiling alone...
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

7 days ago
Score 0
I will NEVER watch this movie. EVER
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HellLord

4 days ago
Score 0

Memory, Have They Got a Chance To Know There Is A Plothole, How Did They Get To Ending If There Was No Way Out Of The Boat

My version of the memory song, I thought the film was okay though I still do see some flaws here and there

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