With the news about Chris Pratt being the new voice of Garfield making the rounds, I decided to watch Garfield (2004) I had never seen it in its entirety before. Turns out I didn’t miss anything. Up til now, I’d dodged a furry orange bullet!
After a visit with Liz the vet (Jeniffer Love Hewitt), Jon (Breckin Meyer) brings Odie home much to the dismay of Garfield (Bill Murray) Garfield kicks Odie out, and he runs away. Now it’s up to Garfield to rescue him after being dog-napped by TV personality Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky).
The movie is long and mostly boring with a few laughs sprinkled in the meow mix. Bill Murray is the saving grace of this of entire movie. Those two stars you see on the graphic for him and him only. This movie wouldn’t be worthy of a cat’s litter box! Hopefully the new animated movie from Sony will be more entertaining.
I remember this movie being better as a kid. Or maybe I hadn’t developed good taste in movies yet. Garfield was apparently sooooo successful that the powers that be decided that a sequel was necessary. (Spoiler Alert! It wasn’t!)
This time Garfield, Jon, and Odie are off to England where Garfield gets mistaken for Prince (Tim Currey), a royal cat, and gets a chance to live the high life. Prince gets a shot at the life of a commoner. Prince and Garfield have to team up to take down Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly) from taking over Carlyle Castle, Prince’s estate.
The sequel is only slightly better than the original, but not by much. It’s funnier than the original so that’s something. I guess. It’s worse than I remember. Thank God, there were only two of them!