Gulliver's TravelsDecember 25, 2010
Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 4.8/10 (21,682 voted)
Critic's Score: 33/100
Stars: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel
Lemuel Gulliver has been working in the mail room of a New York daily newspaper for the past ten years. Afraid to put himself out there, he considers himself a loser, as do all his peers. One day, after having finally had enough, he decides to declare his flame to the beautiful Darcy Silverman, the newspaper's travel editor and one of Gulliver's only friends…only to chicken out at the last minute and instead tell her that he'd like to try his hand at writing a column. Darcy accepts and sends him on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle. There, Gulliver becomes shipwrecked and ends up on the island of Liliput, where he is twelve taller than the tallest man. For the first time, Gulliver has people looking up to him…
Writers: Joe Stillman, Nicholas Stoller
Nigel Travel Writer
Black is the new big
Release Date: 25 December 2010
Filming Locations: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $6,307,691
(26 December 2010)
(10 April 2011)
Did You Know?
Former NBC Today Show news anchor Meredith Vieria was cast for a cameo in the film, but the scene was cut.
Gulliver finds his iPhone, but although there is no signal he is still able to retrieve his voice messages.
In the latest Gulliver go round ( there have been at least a dozen
variations since 1902) we have a production of enormous precise detail
vividly brought alive by state of the art special effects, grand set
design and lavish costuming all crushed by the uninspired casting of
the slobbering one note buffoon Jack Black in the title role. In his
pudgy mitts the Swiftian satire becomes another heavy handed,
predictable goof ball routine of sly eyed impishness and soft hearted
sweetness applied in the same manner as in the rest of his "zany"
Lemuel Gulliver sets out for the Bermuda Triangle to prove himself as a
journalist and to win the heart of the girl of his dreams. Blown off
course by a raging tropical storm he finds himself on the the tiny
island of the tiny people, Liliput. Gaining their trust he is soon the
rage of the land improving infrastructure and counseling the lovelorn.
All goes well until he is challenged by General Edward and is
humiliated before all who look up to him. Can Gulliver redeem himself?
What's more important is that the filmmakers have enough story to fill
the second half with fun pyrotechnics.
Black's cuddly bear, man child grows more tiresome with each
performance and in Gulliver it's lights out early with the same boorish
routine the ubiquitous media gadfly projects whether playing a role or
doing an interview. Director Rob Letterman's film does have a precious
look and he does inject some nice Python humor here and there but it is
all obscured by Black's beached whale of a Gulliver. For lazy parents
looking for a baby sitter, the film might serve as that crazy and funny
uncle that can occupy the kiddies for two hours. Make sure though you
send them with an older sibling. Unlike this loser of a film it will be
a win, win for you to abstain.