One of the weirdest and off-putting films of 2019 was by far Cats. Based on the popular stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical follows a collective of street cats who sing and dance for a chance to be reincarnated. The stage musical was strange for all of the cat characters being portrayed by people in elaborate costumes and makeup. The film, however, used computer graphics to transform the ensemble cast into cats. The results were, well, terrifying.
So what did Andrew Lloyd Webber think of the film? Well, saying he didn’t like it would be too light. In an interview with Variety, Webber spoke of how he decided to favor the opposite pet out of spite:
“‘Cats’ was off-the-scale all wrong. There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’ It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog. So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Havanese puppy.”
Cats was a film that was a mess all around. The computer graphics were so rushed that even in their chaotic states, mistakes were still made. The initial cut of the film shown to press featured several scenes where not all the CGI was present, as with Dame Judi Dench’s character still having her wedding ring present. There’s also the elusive and controversial butthole cut where the less about that the better.