“Ridiculous”: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber Also Didn’t Like the ‘Cats’ Movie

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The composer of stage musical  Cats has expressed his displeasure at the infamous film adaptation.

The concerns came early with the Cats movie, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, The Danish Girl). The first trailer was immediately met with laughs and guffaws, and not long after Universal had to report that the visual effects were still being worked on. And then it arrived, met with scathing reviews (ours is HERE) and a worldwide box office draw of $US73 million from a budget of $US95 million. All up, the studio saw a loss of around $US113 million.

Well, among the many unhappy at the adaptation of the long-running stage production was the show’s composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. The multiple Tony and Grammy award winner finally let loose on the film, pointing out a key issue he had with Hooper’s creative approach.

“The problem with the film was that Tom Hooper decided that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show,” Webber said in an interview with The Sunday Times (quote via Deadline). Webber added: “The whole thing was ridiculous.”

Perhaps Webber can be take some pride in the fact that, despite the film’s all-round negative reception and poor performance, it actually managed to earn a Golden Globe nomination: Best Original Song for “Beautiful Ghosts,” which Webber crafted with Taylor Swift.

Nevertheless, the Swifties couldn’t help and nor did having the likes of Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Idris Elba on board. Cats “won” big at the Razzies (bestowed with Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor for James Corden and Worst Supporting Actress for Rebel Wilson), has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 20%, and a shocking IMDb score of 2.7 – placing it at number 25 on the film database website’s Bottom Rated Movies of all time.

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