The Myers in the Movie
In the town of Anville, in a pretty pink house, live Sally (Dakota Fanning) and her brother Conrad (Spencer Breslin) who find themselves pretty much home alone when their Mom (Kelly Preston) has to return to work and their babysitter falls asleep. That is when they find the Cat in the Hat (Mike Myers) in their home who sets about bringing some fun to the home with a little help from Thing One and Thing Two. But the fun leads to their home becoming mess whilst their Mom's boyfriend, neighbour Quinn (Alec Baldwin), watches on and looking at it as a chance to use the chaos to its advantage.
I am sure that I have mentioned this before but before any Dr. Seuss based movies came out my only brush with the children's books were that I remember there was one in the dental surgery's waiting room which I went to as a kid, not that I remember actually looking at it. As such I can safely say I have never read "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" and have no idea how this movie adaptation compares to the original story and after this I doubt I will ever bother reading it because frankly this movie was hard work.
Now "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" is quite simply a movie which has two things, no I am not on about Thing One & Thing Two. The first of those two things is the exaggerated look of Anville with its regimented of like for like homes, simple colours and sharp lines. There is no denying that director Bo Welch who previously specialised in production design certainly delivers a visually attention grabbing look. which is reminiscent of the movie "Toys".
The other thing in "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" is Mike Myers and it is quite simply a movie where Myers gets to deliver his whole arsenal of comedy behind the cat in the hat costume. As such we get his silly voices, his faux shouting, his silly walks and pretty much everything else Myers has used in his other comedy movies. And yes you have guessed it, this onslaught of Myers becomes monotonous especially when you want to see something from Myers which he hasn't done before. And that is it as whilst "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" features Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin as well as some other familiar faces it is all about Myers and the movie's look.
What this all boils down to is that "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" may have the potential to entertain young children but for anyone else, especially those familiar with the comedy of Mike Myers this comes up extremely short.