Jack Black is back ! This time as a “rock-n-roll” giant. I call his latest film “toilet humor” on a large scale. He takes on the 18th century adventure classic “Gullivers Travels” in 3D. In a modern twist Black plays the role of Gulliver who works in the mail room in a Manhattan newspaper. He finally gets his shot to be a writer with the help of the Travel Editor (Amanda Peet). His first assignment is to Bermuda where, on the way there, he gets lost and ends up in Lilliput, a magical place where the people are really small and he is huge. The supporting roles are small in stature and in contribution. Emily Blunt, Billy Connolly and Jason Segel all co-star but their comedic talents aren’t really used. There are enough butt-crack jokes and blows to the gonads to make any movie goers brain turn to mush.

The film does tend to stray from the original story but it works to some extent maybe not in content, but in 3D. Because Black is such a monsterous presence on camera the 3D effect works wonders. In the end the movie is classic Jack Black, only bigger. The best bits, to my surprise, are not in the trailer and that’s a good thing. Kids and parents will most likely find the film amusing and, at times, heartfelt however a shirtless Jack Black is not the most appealing sight in 3D.

The flick-o-meter gives Gullivers Travels 2 out of five. The pop-culture one liners should keep older audiences pleased and Black does have some success in his childish portrayal of Gulliver.

Brett Martin

Brett Martin

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One Comment
  1. Frank Povah

    Sorry to criticize, but “Gulliver’s Travels” is not an “18th century adventure classic”, it is a criticism of politics and humanity by the Rev. Jonathon Swift, a master satirist – and pioneer of the quotation mark – and at the same time, a less than subtle dig at the writers of the “travel adventures in distant lands”, a popular genre of his day.

    This of course makes the film even worse than the trailer and I certainly wouldn’t waste my money or subject any kid I know to it.

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