March 12, 2011
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Director: Rob Letterman
Writer: Joe Stillman/Nicolas Stoller
Producer: John Davis/Gregory Goodman/Ben Cooley/Jack Black
Starring: Jack Black/Emily Blunt/Jason Segel/Amanda Peet/Billy Connolly/Catherine Tate/Chris O’Dowd
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 85 minutes
It seems that modernising classic stories is the latest rage with Hollywood, what with Tangled out last month and Red Riding Hood coming soon. Before all of these releases was Gulliver’s Travels, which has had quite a lot of stick. However, it’s something that baffles me because this movie isn’t really terrible but it’s not so good either. Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. Jack Black plays his usual role that he plays in most of his movies: the cool, laid-back dude who would rather be jamming on a guitar than doing anything else but he plays the role rather well. Other stars in the movie include comedians such as Catherine Tate, Billy Connolly and James Corden in which there are a couple of funny scenes involving them. The cast wasn’t really that good but this is a forgettable children’s movie so it is to be expected in movies like this.
The story was written well and had some good pacing but three-quarters of the way through the movie was where the interest in the story was lost and it started to become sillier than it was. You couldn’t care about any of the characters but you did root for the hero even if the story went haywire. The writing of the script and the story didn’t exactly reach heights of unforgettable quality but it was daft fun nonetheless. Overall, Gulliver’s Travels may please Jack Black fans and kids but for those who are neither of the mentioned, it may be hard for you to watch.
Personally, I am a Jack Black fan and I enjoy some of his movies but I can’t see many others enjoying this. The humour is pretty much hit-and-miss, there were some funny moments but then there were moments where it struggled to even get one single laugh. There are people out there who say that this is absolutely terrible to which I would say that this is nothing more than an exaggeration, the movie wasn’t really terrible but it is forgettable. It hits the target audience so it’s good that this does so but as an adult, it’s below mediocre fun hovering on the edge of being bad. I would suggest waiting until it’s on television for this one as this definitely is not worth the price of a cinema ticket.