ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cat in the Hat scores high on "Phunometer"
The Cat in the Hat
Starring: Mike Myers, Kelly Preston, Amy Hill
Directed by: Bo Welch
By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette file photo
ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY. Mike Myers steals the screen as the fun-loving Cat
in the big-screen adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic.
While most children’s movies are usually crap, filled with overly sentimental
hugging and kissing and one big happy family, occasionally there are some breakout
The Cat in the Hat is one of those gems. Mike Myers, playing the title role
of the Cat, shows up at the home of Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and his little
sister Sally (Dakota Fanning). The two are home on a rainy day with nothing
to do. They have been ordered by their mother (Preston) to not mess up the
house, as she is having a party for her co-workers later that evening.
At the last minute she is called away to the office, leaving the kids in the
hands of their constantly sleeping babysitter, Mrs. Kwan (Hill). While Mrs.
Kwan sleeps, along comes the Cat, who after measuring the amount of fun Conrad
and Sally have with his “Phunometer,” decides they are severely
So the adventures begin. The Cat brings a magic box into the house which acts
as the portal between the real world and his world. Conrad, the troublemaker
he is, picks the lock and opens the portal. The house is then transformed into
a mix of the two worlds.
It is up to the kids to save the day, along with the help of the Cat — and
this being a children’s movie, you can predict what happens.
The movie is carried by Myers’ performance. He IS the Cat in the Hat.
There could not have been a better actor to portray the role. His comedic timing
and facial expressions (even with all the make up and fake fur) are right on.
The supporting cast includes Alec Baldwin as the slimy neighbour/mother’s
boyfriend and Sean Hayes from TV’s Will and Grace as both the talking
fish and the mother’s boss Mr. Humberfloob.
The sets could have been ripped from the pages of the Dr. Seuss book, they
are full of wild colours with furniture and houses built on a larger-than-average
scale. As well, there is a narrator doing a voice-over reading of the original
children’s tale. The story stays true to the book, including such classic
characters as Thing 1 and Thing 2.
When you go to the theatre to see the movie, you will most likely be surrounded
by little kids. But there are enough jokes for both age groups to keep everyone
happy. The movie is produced by Brian Grazer, the same guy who did the Jim
Carrey version of The Grinch.
If you liked that movie, you will definitely enjoy this one. It’s a
great way to spend an hour and a half, and it will take you back to the days
when you were a kid reading Dr. Seuss books before bed.