Aaron Michael’s review published on Letterboxd:
While clearly made with profound incompetence, it’s no more or less a failure of cinema than most, if not all, big budget tentpole films that studios churn out every. single. quarter. I’m almost, and I do mean almost, grateful for Tom Hooper for making something so bad that (most) people can’t ignore the production’s abject failure. The way I feel about Cats is remarkably similar to how I feel about superhero movies, live action Disney remakes, the Greatest Showman, etc. The content of Cats may be full of nonsense — albeit not as plotless as some have claimed! — but it has its own fucked up and inane logic just like every single installment in the MCU. The gross display of incompetence is shocking, yes, and it is the maybe the most “we’ll fix it in post” piece of content to exist ever, but what’s driving me crazy is how I caught glimmers of the movie they thought they were making. It’s in small, mundane moments like the cutaways to Rebel Wilson during Jason Derulo’s performance, the winks between Ian McKellan and Judi Dench, and the way the recurring “villain” of Macavity is deployed during certain moments in the movie. Yeeeeeeeesh. It’s scary when you can tell that even the good version of something would still be trash.
Trailer reel before this included: Sonic the Hedgehog, Call of the Wild, and Doctor Doolittle. which is to say: things will get worse.