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“Movie review: Too much Jack Black in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ - Salt Lake Tribune”

“Movie review: Too much Jack Black in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ - Salt Lake Tribune”

Movie review: Too much Jack Black in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ - Salt Lake Tribune

Posted: 23 Dec 2010 06:55 PM PST

It wouldn't be correct to call "Gulliver's Travels" an adaptation of Jonathan Swift's 18th-century novel, as it adapts only that book's best-known segment, and as Swift wasn't known for wedgie jokes. This Gulliver (played by Jack Black) is a slacker working in a New York newspaper's mailroom. Eager to impress the paper's travel editor, Darcy (Amanda Peet), Gulliver takes a travel assignment and ends up in the Bermuda Triangle — where he washes up on shore of Lilliput, which is populated by people 6 inches tall. He is greeted first as a monster, but later as a savior to the Lilliputians, shaking up the kingdom when he encourages the commoner Horatio (Jason Segel) to court Princess Mary (Emily Blunt). Director Rob Letterman ("Monsters vs. Aliens") creates some cool visuals of Lilliput's steampunk-like constructions of Gulliver's tall tales (taken from "Star Wars" and other sources). Alas, he can't control the giant-sized overplaying of Black, who doesn't need 3-D to look like he's ready to jump off the screen and shake the audience into laughing.

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