After the success of the live version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas In 2000, the Ron Howard-directed film starring Jim Carrey grossed more than $345 million at the global box office, and the prospect of more live-action Dr. Seuss films seemed like an easy street ride to Hollywood. The bad news is that DreamWorks and Universal’s trip to the well resulted in a movie so bad, so hated, so unfortunate, that it killed any live-action Dr. Seuss films from ever happening again. We refer, of course, to the live work of 2003 Cat in the Hat A movie starring Mike Myers, and for no apparent reason, this movie is trending on Netflix this week.
Like many other new titles, Dr. Seuss “The Cat in the Hat” It premiered on Netflix on December 1, along with another surprise movie that also dominated the Netflix Top 10, and the movie has been dormant since hitting the streaming device, but in recent days it’s started climbing the lists of the best movies in the US. As of Friday, December 10th Cat in the Hat It was the #9 most-watched movie on Netflix and as of Saturday, December 11th, it was #6 on the platform. If this trajectory continues, it could stay in the top ten for the next few days, possibly climb higher and even beat Netflix originals (for now, it beats Netflix’s latest hits). a boy called christmas And dog strength).
So what makes Cat in the Hat Very bad? The film’s poor reception is primarily due to style over material complaints, and that the film was created around Mike Myers (in popular throws at Austin Powers) in a goofy character with horrifying makeup and a story that bears little resemblance to the original. Dr. Seuss book. At that time, AO Scott of New York times He called it “a tacky piece of poisoned eye candy.” The legendary Roger Ebert wrote, “It has been said that you should never marry someone you don’t want to go on a three-day bus ride with. I have another idea: never make a movie about a character you can’t stand.”
The film has a poor rating of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $134 million at the global box office on a budget of $109 million. The film was nominated for a proper Razzies Award including Worst Picture, and won for “Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concepts/No Content).” In the year following the film’s release, an Associated Press report quoted Audrey Stone Geisel, the now-deceased widow of Dr. Seuss, as hating the film so much that she would ban any other live-action films based on Seuss’ work. It is happening. Since then, only animated films have been made, but the live-action musical The Grinch aired on TV last year, and it was also horrifying.
All of this begs the question, why are so many people watching this on Netflix now? And are you about to become one of them?