Only Bill Murray could turn a film intended for the pre-teen market into something parents might actually be able to bear. Murray’s dry, laconic voice is immediately recognisable as he gives life – or, at least, a voice – to a plumped-up, CGI version of the sardonic comic strip cat. The peace of a quiet, suburban world is shattered when Garfield’s owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) takes in a dog, Odie, as part of his plan to woo a local animal carer, Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt). The rest is pure ‘Tom and Jerry’ stuff, as dog and cat compete for the space on the sofa, until, of course, they are forced to unite against a common, human evil. Without Murray, the film would have much less appeal.
Sunday July 4 2004