There have been many Disney movies about Cats over the last 50 years and probably a few that involve a person being possessed by a Cat or a Cat being possessed by a person, which is the plot of the movie “Nine Lives”. Unfortunately, Disney movies about cats or dogs star a dog or cat that is cute or loveable in some way. The cat in this movie looks like it’s always in a very bad mood and for that main reason it is definitely not a cute cat and what is worse the entire story behind this movie is confused, boring and poorly conceived. Jennifer Garner is the perfect actress for any family or Disney movie as her personality is just right for any kind of family film so she is not the problem with this movie. What doesn’t make much sense here is why Kevin Spacey would take his role as the CEO of a large corporation whose entire soul is transferred into the body of a Cat. How and why this transfer happens is rather ridiculous, but all movies involving the transfer of 2 souls to another body are ridiculous because this is not possible. The issue with this movie is that the entire story is long, boring and with a very stupid ending because if a movie is well written and acting we will all buy into a silly idea for a plot. Christopher Walken also makes an appearance in this movie and one has to wonder about the scarcity of good parts in Hollywood lately when you have 3 well known actors taking roles in such a bad movie.
This story involves the CEO of a corporation that wants to build the tallest building in the United States which is essentially the Freedom Tower in New York City, only to find out that another company in Chicago is going to top their building’s height by 60 feet. There is also some other infighting about control of the company involving Spacey and one of his executives played by Mark Consuelos and the only reason for this part of the story was probably to make the story closer to two hours long. Another other problem with this film is the constant and annoying cat whining sounds the possessed cat makes so often almost the entire two hours. I assume that the producers thought that some of the acrobatic falls into very awkward positions the poor cat makes in this movie are funny, but any real cat lover would worry that the cat is hurting himself landing in so many bad positions so often in this film. In the audience that saw this movie with me, nobody laughed and all the children in the audience seemed to be completely disinterested in what was happening on the screen.
Whether or not you are a fan of Disney movies or a cat lover, this movie should be missed.