Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Reviews
freaky-looking and annoying as crud. The Things look scary too. The moral of the source material is that it's okay to break the rules a little as long as it doesn't go too far. How many times do you see that in the media? Here they just exploited it like crazy. I know that children can act great. Look at Haley Joel Osment in the Sixth Sense. They just need proper direction, and clearly Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin didn't receive that. Their characters are so uninteresting and bland. The product design is nice, but it's clear that directors and writers didn't respect Seuss's work.
Anyway, the biggest problem I had with this movie was the script. It's completely different than the grinch. The grinch's script has clever humor that kids and adults will find funny, while also being even more heartwarming than the original story. This has none of that. In the scene where Conrad, sally and the cat are jumping on the couch, Sally says it's like being at the circus. Guess what the cat says in response? "Yeah, except without all of the trashy animals and the clowns with hepatitis!" What?!?!?!?! I'm all for watching kids movies with adult jokes thrown in, but that's just crossing the line. The muppets, Sesame Street, even shrek doesn't go that far. If you make an adaption of a beloved book, you'd better retain just about everything that made it succeed. It retains the basic plot, but the cat is perceived as a mean-spirited, lazy party animal. Oh yeah, and guess what they play during the cleaning up scene? Getting better by the Beatles. Really? The writers must've just looked at the title of that song, and thought, "this'll be a great tune for that clean up scene!" The song is about a man who is getting over his angry side because he finally has a girl that makes it all better. Yeah, nothing to do with the movie. Some parts are funny, the layout and design of the town looks very believable as a Dr. Seuss-Esque town, but mostly, it's just a frenetic, raunchy, desperate measure to try to overtake the grinch. I hope spencer Breslin and Dakota fanning have disowned this movie. Also, Dr. Seuss's widow refused to let any of her late husband's works be adapted to live action after watching this. I couldn't agree more.