Director Tom Hooper Has Seen Your Cats Memes

Cats doesn’t make a lick of sense. It’s a musical that just…leaves you baffled and scratching your head. Most theatres kids that I know, they don’t like it. Well they like some of the songs, but the whole enterprise is flawed.

As a theatre kid myself, I’ll agree to that. I’ve had “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” stuck in my head. I just don’t get it? Even so, I’m excited for the film. If only because it looks like it’s going to be a campy mess of big names, questionable CGI, and well-meaning intentions. (Cats was supposed to be an animated film at one point. And, uh, why didn’t we stick with that?)

Ever since the first trailer debuted, the Internet has had a lot of thoughts about Cats. Much like me, those who see Cats will probably go and see if the sheer potential of trainwreck that is sure to come. Let’s face, some of us just don’t want to sit through Star Wars discourse sure to arise after this weekend.

Well director Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) has seen the memes. He’s got something to say talking with Entertainment Weekly.

“I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, and it was obviously much more of a big deal than I thought. Reading some of the commentary was pretty entertaining.”

Hooper said the commentary did, however, inspire a redesign. He wanted to make the actors faces more present.

“I really concentrated on bringing back the actors’ faces because when you’ve got Ian McKellen or Judi Dench or Taylor Swift, why would you not want to? I don’t know if that’s what the comments were asking for, but what I took from it was that I needed to reconnect with my original plan and make sure I was delivering on that.”

We’ll see how things turn out.

Cats hits theatres this Friday.

Bec Heim