August 18, 2019

The ‘Cats’ Trailer Just Landed. What Were They Thinking?

The ‘Cats’ Trailer Just Landed. What Were They Thinking?

Will fans of the original musical “Cats” understand what happiness means if the new movie version doesn’t match up to their memory? It’s too soon to tell, based on the bound-to-be-divisive new trailer for the film.

The use of “digital fur technology” (touted in a widely mocked behind-the-scenes featurette that was released one day before the trailer) gives such stars as Taylor Swift, James Corden, Judi Dench and the newcomer Francesca Hayward a surrealistic feline look. While the “Dreamgirls” Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson sounds predictably fantastic belting out “Memory,” it remains to be heard if, say, Rebel Wilson will be pitch perfect. Perhaps luckily, for his sake, the veteran D.J., er actor, Idris Elba is not expected to sing much as the villain Macavity.

The trailer touts the work of Tom Hooper, who directed the love-it-or-hate-it 2012 movie version of the musical “Les Misérables,” as well as the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, writer T.S. Eliot (author of “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the story’s source material) and Andy Blankenbuehler, the choreographer of “Hamilton.”

“Cats” hits theaters on Dec. 20.

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