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Garfield (2004)

Written By Awir Aditya on Saturday, July 10, 2010 | 11:57 PM

Genre: Animation/Comedy/Drama/Adventure

Starring: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Bill Murray (voice)

The famous lazy, fat cat from the comic strip gets featured on the big screen. Garfield (Murray) loves getting pampered by his owner, Jon (Meyer) and loves bullying all the other pets in the neighbourhood. Sadly, the Garfield on reel is not the same like it is on paper. Jon has a crush on the vet, Liz (Hewitt) whom he has known since high school. On her request he agrees to adopt a dog, Odie, whom Liz says would not survive if he doesn't get proper love and hospitality. Garfield gets jealous of Odie and is jealous of all the attention he is getting. He throws Odie out of the house, who gets lost in the city. A famous pet show anchor, Happy Chapman (Tobolowsky) is looking for a new fresh face for his new show. He loves Odie and his amazing dance moves and decides to get hold of Odie before Jon does. The movie is a huge let down to many of the hardcore Garfield fans who were expecting much more. The plot is very typical for a movie based on pets and the names Garfield and Odie were just seem to have been added to create more hype. The movie doesn't have the kind of character and fun that the comic strips had and one would have wished to see more of the typical Garfield insults and attitude. However, it is made to appeal to an 8-year-old and it might just.

Thumbs up: Would appeal to its target audience i.e. kids
Thumbs down: Cliched plot, lacks Garfield attitude and character
Rating: 5.9/10
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