Aw, man, Garfield! Why do you have to be like you are? So grumpy. Egoistical. Unlikable? Nah... there's still something about him. Some shimmering inner kindness that lies dormant within. Something apart from his insatiable lust for lasagna and lazy outlook on life that... made this movie pretty pleasant to watch despite his unjustifiably big character presence.
Both Jon and Liz (played by Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt) are so incredibly dopey too, but I guess that's sort of the point. They are as their comical counterparts are. Garfield plays most of the narrative as usual, yet is made to look a lot less like the egoistical fat cat (still fat though, still a cat) that he is in the comics. At least until the end. Odie doesn't speak at all, just like his comical counterpart, though this feels pretty odd in the movie since Garfield frequently interacts with other animals in his vicinity with voices.
The plot goes from introducing Garfield, to Odie, to a crisis when Odie runs away, and is kidnapped, and a conclusion when Garfield decides to rescue him, because, after all... he is his friend. Cliche. Yes indeed. There's a small side-plot about Jon and Liz in love, too.
It was actually entertaining, but kinda... not so special. All the way. It's a cinematization of the comics, but with no twist. If you read those and wanted this, you got it. If you didn't... I'm not sure if this is what you'd be looking for in a movie. Better go see some other animated movies instead, because they're usually better paced, scripted and better animated.
This is half-animated btw, and though it's pretty cool how they mix together the animated Garfield with the un-animated world around him (including Odie), it also often feels a bit fake. Just one animated character surrounded by a bunch of others that aren't tends to feel that way, unlike the Looney Tune movie where they were all animated characters in a real world. Or maybe it's just bad acting, like how when certain people hold Garfield it looks like they're holding air.
But hey, despite all of it's flaws, it wasn't bad. It entertained... just not very well. Maybe the concept of Garfield works better in a three-panel comic strip. Or maybe it just wasn't that great a movie.
rated 2/5: decent