Director: Tim Hill
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt,
Billy Connolly, Bill Murray
RunTime: 1 hr 18 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Day: 15 June 2006
favorite feline, Garfield, follows his owner, Jon, to England.
The U.K. may never recover, as Garfield is mistaken for a
look-alike, regal cat who has inherited a castle. Garfield
savors the royal treatment afforded by his loyal “subjects,”
but his “reign” is in jeopardy. The nefarious
Lord Dargis is determined to do away with Garfield, so he
can turn the castle into a resort.
Before you assume that movies adapted from comics would not
steer off in a direction that is too wrong, we’d advise
you to think again. This 78-minute movie directed by Tim Hill
is one comic adaptation which features almost nothing new
and nothing to shout about. To make things worse, it is a
sequel of the 2004 movie which wasn’t exactly a critics’
on the popular comic strip, this live-action movie tells the
story of Jon (an uninteresting Breckin Meyer who reprises
his 2004 role), who journeys to the United Kingdom to propose
to his girlfriend Liz (a pretty Jennifer Love Hewitt whose
only job in the movie is to look pretty).
(voiced by Bill Murray, who sounds adequately lazy and funny)
follows Jon along for the trip and in a case of mistaken identities,
the fat cat gets to rule a castle, not before getting into
trouble with the evil Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly in a silly
role), who has designs on the estate.
understand that this is supposed to be a family entertainment
movie, where everyone in the family can enjoy a nice night
out at the cinema. But alas, it somehow did not occur to the
filmmakers that we are now living in the 21st century, and
the movie’s dated style of entertainment will not amuse
today’s kids too much.
First, there are the typical slapstick moments where the villain
gets himself into embarrassingly dirty situations. Then there
are the talking animals which spout uninspiring lines that
are not that hilarious in the first place. The animation in
the movie is not spectacular too, because all viewers will
get to see is an orange blob of fur which slogs around and
occasionally cracks a few wise jokes.
problem is, we have seen all these somewhere before, from
some movie elsewhere. Think Chris Columbus’ Home Alone
(1990) for those classic painful villain moments. Think Chris
Noonan’s babe (1995) for a whole gang of talking animals.
And we don’t think viewers would be exactly very thrilled
to see an animated Garfield, given the advancements in animation
be fair, the world’s laziest cat does have its few truly
comical moments in the movie, which might milk a chuckle or
two from the audience. Also, the style of animation can be
considered old-school, if you subscribe to the train of thought
that it lives up to the comic strips’ spirit.
What a waste it is then, taking into account that the movie
features some of the best British voice talents. The credible
list of voice actors include Bob Hoskins, Tim Curry, Richard
E. Grant and Vinnie Jones, just to name a few. It is indeed
a pity that their talents are not utilized fully, no thanks
to an uninteresting script.
humans in the movie did not excite us too much either. Meyer
and Hewitt do not have much chemistry, and Connolly’s
role is rather forgettable as well. Adding to these dull characters
is an equally dull plot which contains several un-engaging
side plots which viewers may not really care about.
you have it - the reasons to why not all comics make good
movie adaptations. Especially for this one, you need not be
allergic to cats to know that this pile of kitty litter is
not exactly top-notch entertainment.
unnecessary movie sequel which proves that two wrongs cannot
make a right)
by John Li