I’m talking about the 2004 film here, with Halle Berry and Sharon Stone.
It is one of the most desperately hated films ever made–honestly, it has an 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. By way of contrast, Blood Sucking Freaks (1978, Joel M. Reed) got 33%.
I own a copy of Catwoman on DVD and I have watched it several times. I like it. I believe that it’s one of the better superhero based films out there.
In terms of filmcraft, it is beautiful. The set design, lighting, and cinematography are top notch. The music is good without being intrusive. The actors are all solid professionals. The script isn’t bad–certainly not when compared to other action films. I think the story is compelling–not overly ambitious, perhaps, compared to the usual “save the whole damned universe” theme of most superhero movies, but I felt that the scale worked for this picture.
I simply don’t understand why it is the target of so much hatred.
The reviews manage to be both vague and savage. Aside from an occasional jibe at the unbelievable aspects of the story (a charge that can be leveled–with more cause–against virtually every superhero movie) the reviewers don’t seem to be able to articulate what it is that they don’t like about the film.
I find that very odd.
I have a theory, but before I advance it I’d like to get some opinions. Have you seen Catwoman? Did you like it, did you hate it? Can you tell me what it is about the film that inspired your reaction?
I’d really like to know.