The Garfield Movie

The Garfield Movie
Original title:The Garfield Movie
Director:Mark Dindal
Running time:101 minutes
Release date:24 may 2024
Garfield, the famous indoor cat who loves lasagne and hates Mondays, is about to embark on a wild adventure! After finding his missing father, Vic, an uncombed street cat, Garfield and his dog friend Odie are forced to leave their lives of comfort behind to help Vic pull off a heist as risky as it is hilarious.

Sabine's Review

Garfield, the greediest and laziest cat in comics, returns to the big screen, twenty years after two film adaptations.

In 1978, Jim Davis drew this cat in reaction to the many dog ​​characters present in comics of the time. Garfield is a human being disguised as a cat. As its creator puts it: “he holds up a mirror to us, with humor. We feel guilty for eating too much, not exercising, and sleeping too much. Garfield, lazy, self-centered, constantly hungry cat, relieves our guilt.”

The transition to the small and big screen requires developing this character, funny, cynical, and lazy, to make him experience adventures. The stories are designed for a family audience, for young children. Fans of the comics will therefore not find the Garfield of the comics. This is another Garfield which was conceived by director Mark Dindal and his screenwriter David Reynolds, with the agreement of Jim Davis. Of course, we find Garfield, who loves lasagna. This glutton devours pizzas in a way that makes the children laugh. But today, Garfield orders them online, via his smartphone. He subscribes to Catflix. At his side, Odie the dog, is part of the adventure, but he is less his punching bag. Jon is faithful to the original character.

The story focuses on family. We thus discover that Garfield is the son of an alley cat, Vic, who may have abandoned him. Taken in by Jon, he spends peaceful days when he and Odie are kidnapped by the evil cat Jinx, and her two sidekicks, the scary dogs Roland and Nolan. He is then forced to commit a robery with his father. The story is well constructed, with rhythm, gags and emotion with the father-son scenes. The film references superhero movies, like Mission Impossible. The sentence “I do my own stunts” could become cult. The animation is simple but consistent with the comics. Baby Garfield is so cute with his big eyes. Comedian Kyan Khojandi, revealed by the tv series “Bref”, is the French voice of Garfield. The music is successful, rhythmic with titles like “I got a good life” by Jon Baptiste, “Let it roll” by Keith Urban and Snoop Dogg.

“The Garfield movie” is a cute animated film, touching in its family story, which will delight little ones. Provide pizzas after the screening.

The Garfield Movie
Directed by Mark Dindal
Written by Paul A. Kaplan, Mark Torgove, David Reynolds
Based on Garfield by Jim Davis
Produced by John Cohen, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Steven P. Wegner, Craig Sost, Namit Malhotra
Starring Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Harvey Guillén, Brett Goldstein, Bowen Yang
Music by John Debney
Production companies: Columbia Pictures, Alcon Entertainment, Prime Focus, DNEG Animation, One Cool Group Limited, Wayfarer Studios
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date : May 24, 2024 (United States), July 31, 2024 (France)
Running time : 101 minutes

Seen June 26, 2024 at Club Lincoln, french version

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