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‘Cats’ – Review

‘Cats’ – Review

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An explosion of neon and high pop music echoes through Tom Hooper’s big, bold adaptation of Cats and this one is an ultra-extravagant musical number that goes full blast with its crazy visuals and high energy musical numbers.

Over the course of a single night, a tribe of cats called the Jellicles make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Extremely loud and bursting with colour, Cats is a film that really rocks forward with its visuals! In a bid to take audiences into the audacious world of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, director Tom Hooper throws plenty of glitter and pop onto the big screen here and the result is a wild and feverish acid dream! Hooper’s Cats is all about the spectacle and the result is something that is incredibly kinetic and flashy. An assortment of musical styles collide here with moments that echo classic jazz and cabaret to pop-funk with a dazzling of Michael Jackson flash thrown in for good measure! Its loud and crazy and after watching it you seriously feel like you’ve been on a crazy trip.

While much has been made of the film’s use of GCI, in my own opinion I feel like the visuals here play into some interesting and completely bonkers style of performance art. While it does take some time to get used to the idea of these CGI cats, when Hooper focuses in on it it does become extremely interesting to watch these hybrid creatures move about. Case in point is Taylor Swift’s Bombalurina, a flirtatious and salacious feline vixen who completely holds the attention of the screen in her high-heeled red shoes and serious attitude and her rendition of ‘Macavity’ and her original song ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ really sets the screen alight in.

The visuals of Cats are what dominates here and they’re loud and extreme and pull you further into the film’s crazy zaniness. From its central cat-people character to the over-sized world and neon lit atmosphere, Cats is a symphony of bright lights and shining stars and the silver screen glistens with sheen and they’re are plenty of sparkly things to look at here.

Cats is a dream-like roller-derby of a musical that explodes with pop and glitter and its a wild cinematic experience.

Image: Universal Pictures

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