The film does not shine
It's a ripoff, they say
Which we knew in advance
From the adverts they play
Anyone who mistreats a children's classic deserves what they get. The Cat in the Hat was one of my favorite books when I was little, and I enjoyed reading it (over and over) to my kids when they were little.
The reviews of the new Cat in the Hat movie are scathing, and I'm not at all surprised: When I was in New York last week, I saw an advert on TV for some product in which the movie version of the Cat in the Hat explained to two stock children ('Gee Cat, thanks”) why they should use this cleaning product instead of others — Cat in the Hat, big spot on wall, get it? Ick.
Stands to reason that anyone who would prostitute a children's icon like that lacked the sympathy with the material to make a good movie. Let's hope they go broke.
Update: The marketing is much worse than I ever suspected.
Every time I see one of those posters with Mike Myers in cat-prosthetics, I think, “how can a five-year-old watch something like this and not get nightmares?”