This weekend, Cats (the film) opened to much fanfare.
Big budget, Taylor Swift, famous director, an adaptation of a musical everyone has heard of... it was either going to go very well or very badly wrong.
Unfortunately, the reviews have been... well, "scathing" is putting it mildly. But over on the internet - where the real people have much more sway than culture critics - the narrative has turned away from the film itself and onto the story's creator: Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The composer and Tory peer is one of the most prolific musical theatre creators of all time, at the helm of, obviously, Cats, but also The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat among many others.
He has always been a divisive figure - for his politics if nothing else - but the new adaptation seems to have made people realise that actually the original Cats just... isn't that good.
I’ll try again. Cats: my main take away is just how thin the source material is: not just the stage show, but also… https://t.co/8bPpUKZjti