Cats Is a Dog

Francesca Hayward in Cats (Universal Pictures)
Millions in digital effects have yielded the strangest species mashup since Manimal.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T hey tell us Cats played on Broadway for 18 years, but they never tell us why. People were really into leg warmers back then? There was nothing on TV except T. J. Hooker? The concept known as “story” had not yet been invented? It’s baffling.

Cats took far too long to make its way to the big screen, and today it feels like a splashy re-launch of the hottest Atari video game of 1982. Taylor Swift, James Corden, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, et al each takes a turn doing a gaudy production number in feline guise, with almost nothing to connect


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