Watching Mike Myers, in full Cat make-up, being strung up like a pinata and beaten by a mob of children with oversized wifflebats is the sort of thing that stays with you, for better or worse. Probably worse.
What even is the "cat"? An alien? A demon from hell? He is a being with godlike powers that warps the laws of nature for cheap gags. One second his eyes glow with the might of a 1000 suns & the next he's in drag doing a Carmen Miranda impression. We catch a glimpse of the extradimensional Lovecraftian plane he calls home, but his central mystery remains. Shame they didn't make a sequel to expand on the mythos.
It has the makings of a very bad film, turning a child's story into an absurd collection of irreverent humor. However, it's driven by loads of creativity and vision as well as a great energy from Myers into a thoroughly wonderful experience.
The Cat in the Hat is low key one of the most brilliant comedies of the early '00s. Emmanuel Lubezki delivers some incredible cinematography; the production design is strange and impeccable; and Mike Meyers hits audiences with what may be his oddest but most effective collection of jokes in his career. This movie kills and no one appreciates it the way that it should be appreciated.
Mike Myers naturally drew comparisons to Jim Carrey for the Grinch, but I think the Grinch did a much better job of expanding the story into feature length material. This whole thing feels like an SNL skit that never ends. I'll give the cast credit I really don't think they're phoning it in. The effort is there but there's no solid script to work from. The production design makes it worth a glance.