You would not ordinarily think of the musical stage show Cats, and think of it as a horror film. But from what we have seen so far this is exactly what the upcoming big screen adaptation looks like. Since the release of the first trailer, reactions have stemmed from thinking it looks a bit 'off', to some theorising it is the first sign of the apocalypse.
Well, not everybody shares these critical feelings towards the look of the film, with singer and star of the movie Taylor Swift actually being rather fond of the peculiar aesthetic.
"When I was younger, I used to get questions like, 'Where do you see yourself in 10 years?' I'd try to answer. As I get older, I'm learning that wisdom is learning how dumb you are compared to how much you are going to know. I really had an amazing time with Cats. I think I loved the weirdness of it. I loved how I felt I'd never get another opportunity to be like this in my life."
Though the singer and occasional actress declares her adoration for the look that cinematic Cats has gone with, she at the very least admits that it is quite weird. Surely an understatement for the bizarre human-cat hybrids that are now burned into all of our nightmares forever. Still, it sounds like Swift thoroughly enjoyed the process, and that she could not be happier with the way the film has turned out.
Fan reaction following the Cats trailer has been vastly negative though, with many more than a little perplexed at how the beloved stage show could have ended up looking so uncomfortably creepy. In response to this, director Tom Hooper recently explained that the cats in Cats have evolved in the time since fans first laid their unlucky eyes on them, and that the movie has been changed somewhat based on the audience feedback.
"We'd only finished shooting in March, so all the visual effects [in the trailer] were at quite an early stage. Possibly there were, in the extremity in some of the responses, some clues in how to keep evolving [the production]. When you watch the finished film, you'll see that some of the designs of the cats have moved on since then, and certainly our understanding of how to use the technology to make them work has gone up, too."
It sounds like an ongoing process then, not unlike the recent changes made to Sonic for his live-action debut in next year's Sonic the Hedgehog. Whether Hooper can win over fans like they have with the changes made to Cats remains to be seen, but so far Swift and her co-stars seem to be more than happy with their cat-mutant alter egos.
Cats is set to either delight us all, or send tingles down our spines, when it hits theaters on December 20. This comes to us from Vogue UK.