I know this one is a little late and I’m in no doubt that most have already read reviews that will have led you to decide if this is your kind of film or not.
I love most things musical, so although it took me a while I finally found the time to go and see for myself (along with the Mother-in-Law) what all the fuss was about.
Unfortunately you won’t read any new and exciting insights here. This wasn’t really my cup of tea. I don’t think Tom Hooper can be entirely to blame, the story is weak and makes little sense, it’s all a bit surreal and apart from three songs the rest are pretty forgettable.
The effects are quite shoddy but I didn’t notice anything wrong with the feet (believe me, I was looking) and I didn’t have any issue with their hands (unlike a lot of others), it was the weird use of perspective that annoyed me the most, how big were these cats supposed to be?
The performances from all the big names Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba, Rebel Wiskin, Jason Derulo and even Judi Dench were average, but the film was not completely terrible, the performance from the lead feline, Victoria, played by Francesca Hayward was actually really good, her dancing was mesmerising, graceful, and a joy to behold, Ian McKellen’s turn as old theatre cat Gus was also a highlight but my absolute favourite was Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat (always a sucker for a tap dancing number) Skimbleshanks was played by Steven McRae who I have since found out is principal dancer at the London Royal Ballet and boy it showed.
For me as a film it just doesn’t seem to work and as I have never seen the stage show perhaps I can’t comment on the true appeal and intricacies of the story.
People are still going to the cinema to see it but it is more than reasonable to suggest it was full of a certain demographic, lots of Mums, Daughters and even Mother-in-Laws, I asked mine what her opinion was, the answer “it was okay but was a little strange”.