Cast: Jen­nifer Hud­son, Judi Dench, Tay­lor Swift

Paradise - - Living -

One of the most bizarre films in years is this adap­ta­tion of a famed An­drew Lloyd Web­ber mu­si­cal. Cats, one of the most pop­u­lar and long-run­ning on Broad­way and Lon­don’s West End, is al­ready pretty strange, with ac­tors dressed up as colour­ful feral cats with silly names singing songs in­spired by the po­ems of T.S. Eliot.

But di­rec­tor Tom Hooper – re­turn­ing to mu­si­cals after Les Mis­er­ables with Hugh Jack­man and Anne Hath­away – has cho­sen to make his fe­line pro­tag­o­nists into weird visual ef­fects demo reels. The re­sult is like some­thing plucked out of a warped hor­ror movie with com­puter-gen­er­ated cats run­ning around fan­tas­ti­cal over­sized sets.

You truly won’t be­lieve what you’re see­ing, but after re­lent­less cin­e­matic uni­verses and se­quels and re­makes and re­boots, be­ing truly unique ac­tu­ally does count for some­thing. If you’re al­ready a fan of

Cats the stage show, then you have to see the movie.

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