I like the Garfield comic strip. I hate the cartoon that came after. Not wanting to be disappointed, I did not go see the recent movie in theaters. Well, I got to see it for free last night and I have to say I liked it more that I thought I would.
Recommend this product?
This is, of course, about Garfield the cat. Hes a fat, sassy, orange dude who gets up to all manner of no good
as cats have a tendency to do. His owner, Jon, has a thing for the neighborhood Vet chick and on one visit she gives him a dog. This would be the lovable Odie from the comic strip. Garfield gets jealous and, through a chain of events, danger and laughter happen.
This venture used all real actors and animals with the sole exception of Garfield himself. Im not averse to cartoons or animations, but doing it this way this time made it much more enjoyable for me. But lets clarify this right off the bat: This movie was not aimed at me. It was aimed at kids. As such, Ill be rating it as a kids flick.
The character of Garfield was fairly well done. I mean there is no illusion that its a real cat or anything, but after the first half-hour you do tend to forget hes computer rendered. He starts to blend in and fit with the cast pretty well. His voice is done by Bill Murray this time and he does a good enough job in the scheme of things. I dont know what I expect Garfield to sound like, but none of the previous endeavors came close. It didnt grate on me this time as bad as previous versions.
Breckin Meyer (Road Trip) is the lovesick Jon. Now this guy is just cute as hell and was a very good choice for the role. You just want to adopt him. Besides, Ive always been a sucker for a great boyish grin.
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Trojan War) is the vet and well, I dunno, kinda flat here. I like her ok, although shes never been a favorite of mine. I dont dislike her, shes just kinda there to me. Same ol same ol here from her.
Stephen Tobolowsky (Freaky Friday) makes a good passable villain here, in a comical, characature kinda way. You know hes the bad guy, and you know just as well that hes gonna get caught and that itll be amusing. Very predictable yet fun.
See, now here I go analyzing it from my own perspective when its meant for kids. My bad. There were a ton of kids in the audience with me so let me tell you their reaction. The majority were glued to the screen, all giggling and worried at the right parts. A few, though, were really antsy
constantly adjusting how they were sitting, whining for a hot dog or soda pop
running around. This was shown on the beach so there wasnt that formal theater thing goin on, but still I wish their parents had respected the rest of us a bit more.
I guess the bottom line for me would be about 3 stars. Amusing, but not something Id pay to see. However, as a kids flick, Im going with 4 stars as the majority really did enjoy it a great deal. Theres no language or sex and the brief bits of sorta-violence are done in an amusing way and blatantly make it clear that those things are not ok at all.
Go ahead and get this one for your kids. I think it will be one theyll want to watch more than once.
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