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Cats come when they feel like it. Not when they're told.
Member Name: huggy2009
Advantages: The music is ok
Disadvantages: Plot, acting, writing, story, its awful
Catwoman was created in 2005 as a big screen vehicle for Halle Berry at the time one of the most glamorous and influential and sexiest actresses in Hollywood, the character of Catwoman is the villain from plenty of Batman adventures.
Unfortunately the film really stank the place out and was a total turkey, we bought the film because my partner is a comic book geek and wants these films whether they are good or not, this is not good and definitely not worth the £7.99 we paid from HMV a few years ago, it is now available for £3.93 on Amazon and I saw part of it on television last night also.
Basically the film follows Patience Phillips (Halle Berry) a graphic design artist working for Hedare beauty, a company on the verge of creating a cream that defies the ageing process (at a cost!!), Patience is nervous, apologetic and a real sack of neurosis, one day she stumbles upon a plot within her organisation that explains how the anti-aging serum works, she is discovered but an inadvertent advert causes her to turn into Catwoman, an agile purrrrfect (sorry) woman with agility, speed and the kind of cattish attitude that means she can go from rubbing your leg to scratching your eyes out in an instant.
Catwoman decides to seek revenge on the Hedare organisation and its owner (Sharon Stone), whilst Patience romances the cop on the case Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt).
Halle Berry ... Patience Phillips / Catwoman
Benjamin Bratt ... Tom Lone
Sharon Stone ... Laurel Hedare
Lambert Wilson ... George Hedare
Frances Conroy ... Ophelia
Alex Borstein ... Sally
Michael Massee ... Armando
Byron Mann ... Wesley
Kim Smith ... Drina
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Rocker
Peter Wingfield ... Dr. Ivan Slavicky
Berend McKenzie ... Lance
I didn't think the music was too bad at points, it was also good to see Alex Borstein (Lois from Family Guy on the Big Screen), the film itself does really have very few good points, Berry looks good as catwoman if thats what you want but that seems little point for a film.
Whats not so good:
Ok, starting with the plot, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense or really go anywhere, the way Berry becomes Catwoman is tenuous and doesn't make a jot of sense, the way nobody can spot that Catwoman is her with an eyemask is silly (Ok I know it works for Superman too, but that is also silly!).
The premise of magical cats is stupid and I just didn't buy into this in anyway, it doesn't have the camp stupidity to make you laugh if the plot fails as it doesn't have any humour, it just felt like a long pointless exercise in how to blow millions of pounds.
My partner was disappointed that this wasn't the story of Serena Kyle (Catwoman as played by Eartha Kitt, brilliantly and Michelle Pfeiffer, very well, in batman franchises).
The fact that the hero is trying to stop a face cream damaging beautiful girls faces sums this film up, its facile and doesn't really have a point. Berry looks bored at times, Stone would look bored if she hadn't botoxed her face to high heavens and Benjamin Bratt just looks grateful to be in a film.
The fact the cop Tom Lone (Silly, silly name) can sleep with Patience and not realise who she really is made me chuckle as did many other points.
The story doesn't go anywhere and you end up watching through morbid fascination rather than because your gripped.
The acting is pretty shambolic, Berry as Patience is meek and timid, which is fine, but there is a fine line, Benjamin Bratt doesn't have much to do and is pretty dull as the love interest while Sharon Stone phones in her performance through a face that appears to have been frozen sometime in 1999, she shows no emotion, no facial expressions and seems fairly pointless as a woman who feels no pain, but has no fighting skills so basically takes the form of a human punchbag without feeling or emotion in her face.
The action sequences are also a bit rubbish as the CGI catwoman scampers up walls quickly and does some funky fighting moves, but it is all a bit dull and looks rubbish like the Incredible Hulk.
One thing that really annoyed me was that everytime Catwoman strutts about its with a model walk and backing track and it just made me think she was the most ineffectual superhero/heroine/villain since the Mystery Men or Robin.
The film is the kind you watch through morbid curiosity, it is pretty rubbish and looks like a lot of money was spent on probably the wages for Berry and Stone but not much on writing, plot or action.
It is laughably bad and hopefully its performance has stopped any hopes of a sequel, its terrible in every sense.
I watched this once, but couldn't again as I felt embarrassed for people talking worthily about how much time, effort and soul they had put into this piece of tosh, I like Halle Berry and think she is a good actress, but this was a big budget film that thought it could trade off her popularity and the character popularity without any thought for the viewers.
Behind the scenes documentary
'The Many Faces Of Catwoman' featurette
Summary: Cats come when they feel like it. Not when they're told.