Cats, the 2019 musical fantasy comedy drama directed by Tom Hooper, is an adaptation of T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of poems published in 1939. As a fan of fantasy with a musical touch, Cats might be a must-watch for you. The film features a star-studded cast, including Francesca Hayward as Victoria and Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, and introduces professional ballet dancer Francesca Hayward as an actress in her first film role. The movie depicts the lives and activities of a some street cats living in the alleys and streets of London.
Victoria is a white cat who is thrown onto the streets of London by her owner. Soon, she finds herself surrounded by a group of cats who refer to themselves as the Jellicle tribe. The Jellicles welcome Victoria by dancing and singing songs about their unique lives and habits as cats. Victoria then learns about a competition that offers them a chance to be reborn into a better life by ascending to the Heaviside Layer. As the cats prepare for the competition, Victoria gets to know each of them individually, including the likes of Jennyanydots (Rebel Wilson), Rum Tum Tugger (Jason Derulo), Bustopher Jones (James Corden), Mungojerrie (Danny Collins), Rumpelteazer (Naoimh Morgan), Gus the Theatre Cat (Ian McKellen), Skimbleshanks (Steven McRae), Grizabella (Jennifer Hudson), and Bombalurina (Taylor Swift).
The competition is judged by Old Deuteronomy, and all the cats make their case for why they are the most deserving feline to win the chance to go to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn. Who among them will emerge as the ultimate winner?
Cats offers a beautiful and unique musical experience, with stunning choreography and breathtaking vocals. The film is mostly singing and dancing, and it may not be appealing to some who might not enjoy musicals. However, for those who love the genre, it’s definitely worth watching.
Francesca Hayward shines in her first film role as Victoria, and Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy delivers a powerful performance. All the cats are portrayed in distinct, interesting ways that keep the audience engaged throughout the film.
Overall, Cats is an enjoyable musical with beautiful performances and choreography. The story of street cats vying for a chance at a better life is heartwarming, and the music is fantastic. If you’re a fan of musicals, Cats is a must-watch.