Broadway movie adaptation proves cataclysmic


A graphic made by Gabby Moye to highlight the bad animation used by the animators of the film.

Gabby Moye, Staff Writer

Broadway musical Cats takes its turn on the silver screen, which proves to be a turn for the worst. From the terrible animation to the complicated plot, the movie is anything but quality. 

The film follows a tribe of the Jellicle cats as they select the next cat to be gifted with a new life; whatever that means. It starts with the song, “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats,” which is impossible to comprehend due to the jumbled lyrics and actors’ fake British accents.

The constant incoherent song in the movie leaves little room for narration about ongoings and confuses and bores the audience.

Cats also fell short in its digital fur technology animation.

It seemed as though the animators just covered the actors’ bodies in digital catsuits and ignored their hands and feet. This left the hands and feet of the actors completely devoid of any cat-like features such as fur or even claws, a factor that distracts the audience from the movie itself.

One actress really outshone the entire movie with her fantastic performance. Jennifer Hudson, who played the role of Grizabella, gave an incredible performance with the song, “Memory.” Hudson’s vocal range allowed her to deliver the song with remarkable strength and beauty. 

Fast forward to the Oscars where Cats truly bombed, receiving not a single nomination. However, the film did very well with the Razzie Awards, a parody award show that honors the worst films of the year. Cats was nominated for a total of eight Razzie awards, which included worst picture and worst screenplay.

With a Rotten Tomato score of 20 percent freshness, Cats proves to be one of the worst movies of the year, abandoned by many.