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Chris Pratt in Garfield, ‘Not Even Attempting To Act’

• Chris Pratt faces mixed reviews for his role as Garfield in the upcoming movie.

• The trailer, released two decades after the original film, introduces Pratt as the voice of the iconic ginger cat.

• Fans express excitement for the return of Garfield, praising the cute portrayal of baby Garfield.

• Some critics argue that Pratt's voice acting lacks effort, while others defend his performance, anticipating the film's premiere in February 2024.

In the lead-up to the release of the highly anticipated Garfield movie, Chris Pratt has found himself at the center of a social media storm. The recently released trailer has sparked a variety of opinions among fans, with not all reviews glowing for Pratt’s portrayal of the lasagna-loving cat.

Scheduled to hit screens two decades after the original film, Pratt lends his voice to the legendary Garfield, while Samuel L. Jackson joins the cast as a brand-new character, Garfield’s father Vic. Directed by Mark Dindal, known for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Chicken Little,” the film boasts a star-studded lineup featuring Hannah Waddingham, Nicholas Hoult, Brett Goldstein, and Cecily Strong. The cinematic feast is set to premiere on May 24, 2024.

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The recently unveiled trailer introduces us to Pratt’s rendition of the iconic ginger fat cat, sharing the heartwarming story of how Garfield adopted his owner, John. The internet is abuzz with excitement, with many expressing eagerness to witness the return of the beloved cat, describing baby Garfield as “so cute” and declaring it the “BEST MONDAY EVER.”

However, not everyone is singing Pratt’s praises. Some critics have taken to social media to express their reservations. One user pointed out, “Why is Chris Pratt not even acting? He’s just talking completely in his normal voice. Like there wasn’t even an attempt.” Another critic mentioned, “Chris’ voice acting basically comes down to ‘me but pretending to be a character.’ He needs to try flexing the voice a bit more instead of using his normal voice.”

Some echoed these sentiments, with one stating, “ITS LITERALLY JUST CHRIS PRATT,” and others adding, “It’s not Chris Pratt as Garfield… it’s Garfield… as Chris Pratt…”

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However, amidst the skepticism, there are those who defend Pratt’s performance. One fan commented, “Chris Pratt’s getting all the iconic roles lately, and he’s actually nailing it.” Another supporter mentioned, “I was originally not sure how I’d feel about Chris Pratt here, but his normal speaking voice is honestly not bad for Garfield’s usual cynical and snarky demeanor.”

As the debate rages on, it’s clear that Pratt’s take on Garfield has sparked a lively discussion, with fans eagerly anticipating the film’s premiere in February.