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Film Review: Gulliver's Travels (2010)
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Gulliver's Travels (2010). Directed by Rob Letterman. The film centres around Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black), who has worked 10 years in the mail room for a NYC based publishing company. He has a crush on Darcy (Amanda Peet) the travel writer, and when he lies about his ability as a travel writer in an attempt to curry favour, he ends up on a 3 week solo boat trip around the Bermuda Triangle. His boat gets caught in a storm, and then pulled into a waterspout, where he is knocked unconscious. He wakes up but cannot move, and then realises he is surrounded by tiny people that have tied him to the floor. Gulliver's Travels is full of cliché and silliness, which is ultimately what either makes it work for you, or not. Jack Black is initially quite charming but does descend into traditional Jack Black territory, which is again likely to turn people on or off (I'm not a huge fan, but made it through fairly easily). The story moves along at a fair pace, and those who know Gulliver's Travels will recognise most of it, aside from the modern twists. There's also a fair number of British actors in it, including an against type Chris O'Dowd, Billy Connolly and Emily Blunt. Recommended for those who don't mind a simple tale and Jack Black, otherwise probably best to avoid. 3/5 (Average)
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