CATS IS ALREADY GETTING THE CULT CLASSIC TREATMENT IN TORONTO

Anthony Oliveira's Dumpster Raccoon series is hosting two sing-a-long screenings of the recent box-office bomb at the Revue Cinema

Jason Derulo belts one out as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats. ~ Universal Pictures

DUMPSTER RACCOON PRESENTS CATS at Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles). Saturday, January 18, 9:30 pm, sold out; Sunday, January 19, 7:30 pm, $12-$15. revuecinema.ca


Tom Hooper’s feature film adaptation of Cats was a spectacular disaster over the holidays. And rightly so: it’s a nightmare of ill-considered CG fur and whiskers, incoherent cinematic language and badly misjudged performances, all set to a slapdash attempt to impose a structure on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s intentionally plotless stage musical about the singing felines.

And yet it will not die.

Cats has inspired a fervent anti-following unlike anything I’ve seen since The Room. But where Tommy Wiseau’s intensely personal disaster took years to form its cult – born largely of Wiseau’s bizarre self-promotional appearances and the relative unavailability of his film – this is a different situation.

Almost as soon as it opened – to justifiably scathing reviews and shockingly low attendance – people have been trying to turn the Cats movie into a fun, ironic experience, live-tweeting their astonishment, showing up drunk and/or high and holding viewing parties as the first-run venues dwindle. And while it’s fun to follow their torment on social media, it’s clear that watching Cats is the least enjoyable thing about the Cats experience.
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