Friday, July 23, 2021

CatVideoFest 2021 Review: It's Got A Lot of Cats

Release date: July 23, 2021
Running time: 71 minutes

CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.

CatVideoFest 2021 is basically a late night TikTok compilation of cat videos.  You will know if this film is for you just by that description.  Are you a human being that likes cats?  Then this will be for you.  Are you some sort of soulless individual that gets no enjoyment from watching cat antics?  Then this is likely not the movie for you.  The film features a little over an hour of cats doing what they do best, being curious, destructive, loving, intriguing, and just plain weird.  But it is not just short, TikTok style videos that make up this film; there are also some animated submissions made especially for this festival as well as a few longer videos that add some meat to the film.  But even these longer videos are only a minute or so long, and the entire CatVideoFest experience is one of constant change and enjoyment.  But that's not to say that this is frenzied; the film features cats in all elements.  You have some videos where cats are being curious, hiding, or even sleeping. 

The compilation has loose categories for the various videos, with these broken up by "Gif" sessions, or short sections of cats doing silly or gif-worthy stunts.  The categories help to keep the videos in a certain categorization, but the videos are not exceedingly different between the various sections.  And although CatVideoFest is an enjoyable experience, I can't help but feel like this is essentially what you would get if you search for cat videos on any number of platforms.  Now there is something to be said for a catered experience, one that does the legwork for you, but overall, this just feels like something that one could find on their own in a late night bender.  But that being said, the film does have some very entertaining short cat videos and a good amount of quality feline content.  If you are a cat lover, or just a human being that has seen the internet, then this selection will dig its entertaining claws into your brain and not let go.

CatVideoFest 2021 lives up to its name, with a quality compilation of cats doing what they do best, being curious, destructive, loving, intriguing, and just plain weird.

Rent it.

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CatVideoFest 2021 is available in theaters on July 23, 2021. 

For showtimes, via virtual cinema, click here.  

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