Directed by Peter Hewitt
Running Time: 75 mins
Rated: Rated G
Garfield is a cult comic strip cat. Having seen only a few strips, I had to review the film in itself and leave it to the Aficionados to decide whether the movie was faithful to the comic. What surprised me was how much geared to children's enjoyment and expectations the action was, leaving the voiceover humour for the adults. There is plenty of slapstick pratfalling as Garfield tests out whether he has nine lives of not. He gets into all kinds of scrapes despite being a model of complacent sloth!
Audiences have been spoiled in recent years with a good selection of excellent cats on screen. The very entertaining Cats and Dogs led the way. Nathan Lane's voicing of Snowball in both Stuart Little films was very funny along with his lowlife cat friends. Of course, Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas like a fairytale Zorro, almost stole Shrek 2. Well, Garfield is not bad but would be a runner up in the Oscar for Best Cat. Bill Murray is the voice of Garfield, using that familiar sardonic tone without the amusing nervous urgency that Nathan Lane could mix with his funny lines as Snowball. Like Snowball, Garfield is rather large, overfed and expects the world, or at least his owner, to pamper him. When a dog comes home and seems to be stealing affections, well