Mew lease of life: Covid-19 gives purrfectly awful ‘Cats’ a revival
The fascination with its mediocrity continues, and even though I panned the film, it got its claws into me
Cats is trending again on social media. Don’t be shocked. There’s hardly been a day since the film’s December release when some sort of Cats-themed nugget of news hasn’t appeared on Twitter or Instagram, whether it’s James Corden and Rebel Wilson dressing up in furry costumes to present the award for best special effects at the Oscars, or the film sweeping the board at the anti-Oscars, the Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, for worst cinematic underachievement.
The latest flurry of attention came on Tuesday when stoner comedy star Seth Rogen put it on at home. The result was ... confusion. “It is truly trippy,” he tweeted some way in. “Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle is?” A score of additional tweets followed, including “The mice!?!?" and “Some cats in pants. Some no pants”. One comment reflected the horror all of us have felt, deep down, about the Judi Dench cat wearing a cat fur coat.
Anyone who’s seen it will empathise with this bewildered breakdown. But while Rogen’s transfixion may have happened under quarantine, it’s far from an isolated case. Fascination with the awfulness of Cats continues to spread. Revival screenings have since sprung up, including two sellout ones at London’s Prince Charles cinema, headlined The Jellicle Ball, inviting audiences to arrive in cat drag and sing along...