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.