The Garfield Movie

The Garfield Movie

2024, PG, 101 min. Directed by Mark Dindal. Voices by Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., May 24, 2024

Movies are bigger than cartoon strips. That’s why adaptations of four-panel funnies are often so challenging. The source is confined and constrained, working to pack a funny short story into the visual equivalent of a paragraph. Making the leap to the big screen, the story has to go big, and that leaves the filmmaker with a choice: Make a bigger version of the regular story or put the characters into a bigger story.

Take The Peanuts Movie, the 2015 adaptation of the homespun antics of good ol’ Charlie Brown. It took a big element of the Peanuts mythology – Chuck’s awkward affection for the Little Red-Haired Girl – and let it fill the screen. Compare that to the dismal Marmaduke, which gave everyone’s favorite clumsy Great Dane an inner life, and inner voice, and a back story.

2004’s deathly CG/live action hybrid Garfield: The Movie took the latter angle, and was a mirthless, overblown mess. Now The Garfield Movie gives the obnoxious furball a second trip to the movies, one that loves the old strips a bit more. If you care about this movie then you likely know the setup: orange tabby cat, loves lasagna, hates Mondays, terrified of spiders, treats his owner Jon and his best friend Odie poorly, but is funny enough to be charming. Yet The Garfield Movie still can’t resist the temptation to give us a Big Story. I mean, ask yourself: Did you really need to know who his daddy is?

Well, now we know it’s Vic (Jackson), who Garfield (Pratt) is convinced abandoned him as a kitten. Luckily, as shown in an opening flashback, the flabby feline gets taken in by Jon Arbuckle (Hoult) who raises him and indulges his abysmal diet, while enabled and assisted by the endlessly energetic Odie. The happy canine is voiced by What We Do in the Shadows’ Harvey Guillén, who just has to bark and whimper because, while this is an animated feature, he’s still just a dog. Garfield, of course, has his inner voice, and now can talk to other animals including Vic, who turns up back in his fuzzy boy’s life after all these years. Vic can also speak, and so can Jinx (Waddingham), the kitty crime boss who drags them into a milk heist, Otto the bull (Rhames), and a cow named Olivia (James), which raises a lot of questions about why Odie remains mute.

The script by TV sitcom mainstays Paul A. Kaplan and Mark Torgove with Disney veteran David Reynolds (The Emperor’s New Groove, Finding Nemo) sends Garfield off on a cross-country escapade filled with Loony Tunes-esque stunts that deflate his well-established ego. Yet he begins to feel like a side-character, especially when the script becomes fascinated by the romance between Otto and Olivia. It’s not that it’s unfunny or completely without charm: it’s that the script feels like an abandoned The Secret Life of Pets sequel into which Garfield has been crowbarred. That feels like a disservice to both the character and the work of comic creator Jim Davis, who proved you don’t need a race across the roof of a moving train traversing a perilous gorge to make Garfield a hit. We may be past the era in which every car came pre-installed with a plush Garfield suction-cupped to the rear window, but he’s still popular enough to deserve being the star of his own movie.

Showtimes

Sun., June 16

digital 12:15, 3:35, 6:20, 9:15

Mon., June 17

digital 11:45am, 2:55, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., June 18

digital 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Wed., June 19

digital 11:40am, 2:50, 6:00, 9:00

Sun., June 16

digital 1:15, 4:05, 7:00

Mon., June 17

digital 1:10, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Tue., June 18

digital 1:10, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Wed., June 19

digital 1:10, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Sun., June 16

digital 11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Mon., June 17

digital 12:15, 3:10, 6:00, 9:05

Tue., June 18

digital 12:35, 3:25, 6:15, 10:15

Wed., June 19

digital 1:15, 3:00, 6:15, 10:15

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Sun., June 16

3-D, CC/DVS 11:15am, 4:15
CC/DVS, digital 1:45, 6:45, 9:15

Mon., June 17

3-D, CC/DVS 11:15am, 4:15
CC/DVS, digital 1:45, 6:45

Tue., June 18

3-D, CC/DVS 11:15am, 4:15
CC/DVS, digital 1:45, 6:45, 9:15

Wed., June 19

3-D, CC/DVS 11:45am, 5:00
CC/DVS, digital 1:45, 6:45

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sun., June 16

3-D, CC/DVS 2:15, 7:15
CC/DVS, digital 11:45am, 4:45, 9:45

Mon., June 17

3-D, CC/DVS 1:45, 6:30
CC/DVS, digital 4:15, 9:00

Tue., June 18

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 6:30
CC/DVS, digital 4:00, 9:00

Wed., June 19

3-D, CC/DVS 1:30, 6:30
CC/DVS, digital 11:00am, 4:00, 9:00

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 8:45am, 11:45am, 2:25, 5:10

Mon., June 17

digital 9:20am, 11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Tue., June 18

digital 9:20am, 11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30

Wed., June 19

digital 9:20am, 11:45am, 2:25, 5:05, 7:55, 10:35

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., June 16

digital 9:10am, 11:45am, 5:20

Mon., June 17

digital 10:20am, 1:10, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40

Tue., June 18

digital 10:20am, 1:10, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40

Wed., June 19

digital 10:20am, 1:10, 4:10, 10:10

Sun., June 16

digital 11:10am, 1:55, 4:35

Mon., June 17

digital 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:15

Tue., June 18

digital 11:30am, 2:10, 4:50, 10:10

Wed., June 19

digital 11:20am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:15

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., June 16

digital 9:00am, 10:25am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:35, 9:15

Mon., June 17

digital 10:25am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:35, 9:15

Tue., June 18

digital 10:25am, 1:05, 3:55, 6:35, 10:10

Wed., June 19

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:45, 9:25

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:10am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:20

Mon., June 17

digital 10:10am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00

Tue., June 18

digital 10:10am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:00am, 12:40, 3:35, 6:15, 8:55

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., June 16

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45

Mon., June 17

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:25, 9:10

Tue., June 18

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:25, 9:10

Wed., June 19

digital 10:15am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:25, 9:10

Sun., June 16

digital 11:00am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:10

Mon., June 17

digital 11:00am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:10

Tue., June 18

digital 11:00am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., June 19

digital 11:00am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:10

Thu., June 20

digital 11:00am, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:10

Sat., June 22

digital 11:00am

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Sun., June 16

digital 12:15, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30

Mon., June 17

digital 10:45am, 1:45, 4:45, 7:45

Tue., June 18

digital 10:45am, 1:45, 4:45, 7:45

Wed., June 19

digital 10:45am, 1:45, 4:45, 7:45

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Sun., June 16

digital 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Mon., June 17

digital 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Tue., June 18

digital 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:30am, 1:00, 3:30, 9:30

Thu., June 20

digital 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., June 16

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Mon., June 17

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., June 18

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35

Wed., June 19

digital 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Sun., June 16

digital 10:20am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:20

Mon., June 17

digital 10:20am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:20

Tue., June 18

digital 12:50, 3:25, 5:55, 8:30

Wed., June 19

digital 10:20am, 1:00, 3:45, 6:25

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Sun., June 16

digital 9:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 10:45

Mon., June 17

digital 9:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 10:45

Tue., June 18

digital 9:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 10:45

Wed., June 19

digital 9:30am, 2:15, 5:15, 10:45

Thu., June 20

digital 9:30am, 2:15, 5:15

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:30am, 1:15, 3:45, 6:30

Mon., June 17

digital 10:30am, 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 9:00

Tue., June 18

digital 10:30am, 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 9:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:30am, 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 9:00

Thu., June 20

digital 10:25am, 1:10

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:45

Mon., June 17

digital 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50

Tue., June 18

digital 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50

Wed., June 19

digital 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50

Thu., June 20

digital 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sun., June 16

CC/DVS, digital 10:55am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:20

Mon., June 17

CC/DVS, digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:20

Tue., June 18

CC/DVS, digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:20

Wed., June 19

CC/DVS, digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:20

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 10:40am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 10:10

Mon., June 17

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:30, 8:15

Tue., June 18

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:30, 8:15

Wed., June 19

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:30, 8:15

Thu., June 20

digital 11:45am, 2:35, 5:35, 8:20

Sun., June 16

digital 10:45am, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Mon., June 17

digital 10:45am, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Tue., June 18

digital 10:45am, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Wed., June 19

digital 10:00am, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Thu., June 20

digital 10:45am, 3:30

Sun., June 16

digital 9:45am, 12:35, 3:30, 6:15, 10:30

Mon., June 17

digital 9:45am, 12:35, 3:30, 6:15, 10:30

Tue., June 18

digital 9:45am, 12:35, 3:30, 6:15, 10:30

Wed., June 19

digital 9:45am, 12:35, 3:30, 6:15, 10:30

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$6.50 children and senior tickets (all-day), $5 Tuesdays (all tickets), Bargain Matinees before 5pm daily.

Sun., June 16

digital 11:10am, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10

Mon., June 17

digital 11:10am, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10

Tue., June 18

digital 11:10am, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10

Wed., June 19

digital 11:10am, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10

Thu., June 20

digital 11:10am, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10

Sun., June 16

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:15

Mon., June 17

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:15

Tue., June 18

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:15

Wed., June 19

digital 12:45, 3:45, 6:15

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., June 16

digital 2:00, 4:40

Mon., June 17

digital 11:20am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50

Tue., June 18

digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50

Wed., June 19

digital 11:30am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50

Thu., June 20

digital 11:20am, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50

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