Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

“There’s no small jobs – just small people.” – Lemuel Gulliver

Number of Times Seen – Twice (8 Mar 2011 and 1 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A bored travel writer on a trip to Bermuda, finds himself in the land of Lilliput where all of the inhabitants are miniature.

My Take on it – Interesting way to modernize this classic Jonathan Swift story.

Jack Black is ok in the lead role, but certain aspects of the story feel a bit out of his grasp.

They utilize the “giant” aspects of the story quite well, but the one joke story feels a bit too repetitious along the way.

The supporting cast is also quite talented with Jason Segal, Emily Blunt and Amanda Peet all adding to the fun.

There is a reason that the original story is filled with lots of smaller episodes and that is one of the flaws of the film because nearly 90 minutes of the same Swift story line feels too much.

Black tries too hard to be comical here and that takes so much away from the real story that Swift was trying to tell which was suppose to be much more of a political statement that a humorous one.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although critics and audiences disliked it for being too gross and childish, the scene in which Gulliver saves the King from the fire in the palace by putting it out with urine is actually taken directly from Jonathan Swift’s book. However, in the original novel, the person rescued in this manner is the Queen. The only other adaptation to include this scene is Gulliver’s Travels (1996). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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