In a world of cat-lovers, it’s easy to imagine a movie that’s essentially a feline talent show as a sure-fire hit. Cats, however, appears to be anything but.
Tom Hooper’s big-screen, big-budget, big-name adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original musical has been roundly mauled by critics ahead of its release.
We at Digital Spy thought Cats was “baffling, weird and horrifying”, and it turns out many others agree, with the film’s current Rotten Tomatoes score sitting at 20%.
One of its stars isn’t at all fazed, though, with Jason Derulo – who plays a penis-free Rum Tug Tugger – defending the re-imagining as an “incredible, brave piece of art”.
Speaking to TMZ, Jason insisted that Cats‘ nine lives were still present and correct, saying that “reviews don’t matter” and that “people are going to see it” anyway.
“It’s going to be a deportation to another dimension,” Jason argued. “It’s an incredible, incredible, brave piece of art, and it’s always been that way.
“When it came out on Broadway it was the same thing, people were like, ‘What is this? This is something totally different.'”
The actor and singer went on to add that Cats, much like its stage version, is simply defying the rules of art and “what an art form is”, so criticism is to be expected. “There’s going to be some push back, obviously,” he said.
Defending the cast and director Tom Hooper as a “class act”, Jason concluded: “I’m just excited for the people to actually see it because reviewers, what the hell do they know? Have they made a film ever in their life?”
Cats arrives in cinemas today (December 20).
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