Apparently, the film of Cats didn’t go down too well, and Andrew Lloyd Webber doesn’t appear to be planning a Christmas card for director Tom Hooper.

Last Christmas’ release of the big screen adaptation of the hit musical Cats did not, chums, go quite to plan. The idea was that the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show would be a huge hit, win Oscars, that sort of thing. Instead, er, it didn’t. You might have heard that it wasn’t one of 2019’s biggest successes

Much of the focus of the film’s struggles was on its visual effects, that were pretty much unfinished by the movie’s release. And the subsequent loss of jobs of many who’d worked around the clock to get those effects into any kind of state.

As for Andrew Lloyd Webber, he’s pretty much stayed mum on the movie. Well, until now. Chatting to – ugh – the Daily Mail, he’s now suggested that the blame should be pinned firmly to the door of the film’s director, Tom Hooper. In Lloyd Webber’s words, “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”.

“The whole thing was ridiculous”, Lloyd Webber added.

The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and Hooper has contributed a commentary track to the Blu-ray release. It’s on sale now.

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