We waited 'til the day after Christmas to see Cats. The early afternoon show had less than twenty folks there and two really loved it.
My husband totally appreciated that he could understand the pronunciation of the dialog AND songs (I should admit that we've never been able to afford tickets close to the stage in any venue in any country.) I hated the editing of the show, just 'cause you can cut the film into 15 second (or less) snipets doesn't mean you should. I hated that the cats moved like lemurs with lemur tails. It bothered me that the cats ears were so small and only some of them moved appropriately.
The song Old Deuteronomy had me in tears, it always does. (I've had so many cats that lived long good lives, but their ends come too soon.)
I had said I wanted to compare this movie version to a stage version. We had made a video tape and more recently transcribed it to a DVD. It was from a PBS Great Performances of Cats from 1998 and that was recorded in England, with cast from both the London and New York versions. I still love that version. I had forgotten how much I loved the costumes; then I saw the new improved version and wasn't much impressed yesterday, but seeing my old favorites made me hate the money they wasted on adding insufficient, bad hair days to the 2019 cat company.
I will challenge you to compare Elaine Page's Memories to Jennifer Hudson's. They are different, probably due to Directors' choices.
Then I compared John Mills' Gus. With less makeup, he did more. He made no effort to dominate, but I loved his Gus so much more.
Will I buy a copy of the movie? Probably not. I am looking to find a full length version of the 1998 PBS version.
What's really weird, though, is that yesterday's viewing left me with a brain worm of one song. Today's watching didn't because there are so many in the stage show as presented then that I really embrace emotionally.
This website has photos from the 1998 version for comparison with the movie's kitty faces. You might also enjoy what a Jennyanydots' costume is like when she was on equal footing with the other cats (as opposed to created comic + singer.)