Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

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Among the grown-ups prancing like pantomime characters in this live-action version of Dr Seuss's appealing rhyme-ridden comic book, Mike Myers looks and behaves like a cross between Barney the Dinosaur and the Lion in The Wizard of Oz - a sickly furball with a silly grimace and a clumsy gait. The original Cat was a subversive dude with a fondness for light-hearted, rebellious anarchy. His purpose, after all, was to inject some life into two bored kids left at home to twiddle their thumbs. But here the moralistic tale is turned into unappealing froth - unfunny, too. The film's one plus point is a pastel-coloured mise-en-scène that looks agreeably '50s.

By: DA

Release details

Rated: PG
Duration: 82 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bo Welch
Screenwriter: Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaeffer
Cast: Mike Myers
Alec Baldwin
Kelly Preston
Dakota Fanning
Spencer Breslin
Amy Hill
Sean Hayes
Danielle Ryan Chuchran
Taylor Rice
Brittany Oaks
Talia Prairie
Paris Hilton

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This is a good film. It is funny, original, has an unusual setting and has a good design. I think it is hard to make a non-animated Doctor Seuss adaptation, but this film is a reasonably good attempt at it. Admittedly, it is not completely true to the book which it was based on, but it has a complicated storyline and a lot of characters in it, so there is a lot to keep one's attention in it. It is also not too long, has a good soundtrack and it is well acted, except for Mike Myers, though he wasn't the first choice for this film, Tim Allen was.