Posted on 07/27/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

T.S. Eliot’s literary heirs are quite a bit happier about the poet’s big-screen appearance than J.R.R. Tolkien’s.

Clare Reihill, who administers the Eliot estate, told the Guardian that she believes Eliot would’ve enjoyed the trailer for the new movie version of the musical Cats.

To be fair, the movie started out on the right paw — er, foot — with the Eliot estate, which insisted that the original musical preserve the verse from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

But it continued to capture the Eliot spirit, Reihill says, by blurring cats and humans to capture the “elusiveness of the world of the poems” (though subsequently freaking out many modern viewers). 

Watch the trailer below, if you haven’t yet, and see whether you agree with Reihill’s speculation.

You can also read more about her justification for her opinion in the Guardian.

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