1. notleia says:

    Are we just gonna skip past the uncanny valley staring from the abyss straight at you?

  2. Interestingly enough, yesterday I just got through listening to a negative review of Cats. (The reviewer was mostly bored/felt like there wasn’t enough of a plot to it.) I probably won’t see it, though it takes a lot of circumstances lining up for me to end up seeing movies now days. From the commercials, I can see some interesting aspects and some things that were kind of strange.

    • Marian Jacobs says:

      Funny that they thought it had not plot. I think reviewers should go watch the original before critiquing the remake.

  3. E.F.B. says:

    I have no interest in seeing it in theaters, but will probably watch it when it comes on TV or something just to see what I think of it. Thank you for breaking down the message of the movie. I had wondered about the whole “second life” thing.

  4. Hi Marian,

    I have to admit I don’t know the story, but I sure appreciate the contrasts you drew out.

    First, between not looking back at what we had, or just trying to hang onto what we have, but looking forward to what we will have.
    I believe this gives us the ability to be and grow and create what we are meant to at any given point, because when we take what He gives with trust (holding things we love the way they ought to be held) we acknowledge His good plan and character.

    Second, the contrast between the false and ugly hope of Buddhism and the eternal life we look forward to, one free from all evil (especially in ourselves), with the One who created every good thing we enjoy in this life.

    And third, between our societies’ desire for wildness and freedom, (meaning unbound by rules, tradition, and any moral norm) and our freedom from sin’s tyranny. This releases us to a goodness that appears wild as we are freed to become more ourselves as individuals then we ever were under the domination of our desires.

    I love your reference to Aslan not being tame – God shatters most of our uneducated expectations about His nature and who He is.

    It’s also lovely you can see the good in Grizabella’s reconciliation, yet also see the drawbacks of the story as a whole and express them so well. This kind of discernment is so needed among us Christians. It helps those who read what you wrote see the truth.

    Thank you for your thoughtful article. I’m now intrigued and think I might like to see this story.

    Have a great evening!

    Azalea Dabill

  5. I loved the book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. I liked the stage play–which is basically songs on a bare stage with minimal plot to string Eliot’s lyrics/Webber’s music together.

    Yes, the costumes in the stage production were weird. But the CGI in the movie trailer is overwhelmingly grotesque. The human sized furniture accentuates the uncanny effect of the whole.

    And the plot is as bizarre as anything Kafka wrote without the suspension of disbelief found in his fiction. If you’re going to have a plot that’s so surreal it’s best to avoid mentioning it too much.

    In the original there was no real plot. There wasn’t meant to be one. Fans watched it for the singing and choreography.

    Admittedly Cats is not everyone’s cup of tea. But it was mine and a few other weirdos’.

    Cats should have stayed a stage play. The silver screen was not a good medium for this.

    • Marian Jacobs says:

      I would agree that they probably shouldn’t have made it a film. The target audience was far too narrow to warrant how much they spent making it. But I disagree that the CGI made it grotesque. I quite enjoyed that aspect.

  6. This video had some very interesting and useful comments about the design choices to help fix some of the uncanny valley elements and whatnot:

What do you think?