We just got back from seeing The Cat in the Hat and I can say without equivocation, that this is one of the absolute worst films I have ever seen. I sat there constantly looking at my watch to see when the torment would end. It’s not funny. It’s not even mildly amusing. It’s just dumb. It’s a travesty of a film based on a wonderful book. The estate of Dr. Seuss should be ashamed of themselves (again) for letting something this horrible happen. Not since Opie butchered the Grinch has such a horrible rendition of a Dr. Seuss work been seen.
I don’t know if I can really explain just how terrible it was, but perhaps this will help. The one thing that was heard in the packed theater, filled with kids of all ages: silence. Yes, no body was laughing, at all! Not even the kids. My son hardly cracked a smile, though on the way out we did get the ceremonial “let’s go see it again, dad!” The closest thing to laughter that I heard was some adults groaning at some of the gross “humor.”
Trust me on this. Do not, under any circumstances, inflict this pain on yourself or your loved ones. Friends don’t let friends see “The Cat in the Hat” and all that. It’s horrible. And I’m not the only one who thinks it sucks.