Gulliver's Travels (Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
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Is that kids fare to you? My kids laughed and laughed. It was innocent humor with a good message about life's twists and turns and overcoming first impressions.
I relented and have to say that I actually really enjoyed it very much. Clearly the story has been updated and Gulliver is basically a slacker mailroom boy who dreams of impressing his boss, an editor in a New York travel magazine. He ends up taking a boat through the Bermuda Triangle and ends up in Lilliput, a kind of Ruritanian country, where he makes some kind of success mainly by urinating on the castle when it is on fire and saving the king of Lilliput.
There are some brilliant comic performances by Jack Black and Chris O'Dowd as well as Emily Blunt. You also have Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate (a bit underused) as the king and queen of Lilliput.
Anyway we now have the DVD and are still enjoying watching it.
So, to paraphrase the Review guide - "What would I have wanted to know before I watched it?"... That kids from 4 to 11 are likely to love it, and laugh-out-loud several times. That parents will smile and laugh too. That there's the typical 'moral lesson' in the story, but it's not heavy. It may not make your all-time-favourite-movies list, but nothing outrageous here.
And yes, I'm buying it now so we can all watch it again and again...
The product placement in the movie was higher than normal, Coke, Red Bull, Cremora, Planet Hollywood to name a few. If we list other movies, we would have to use scientific notaion.
Jack Black, mail room boy, has a crush on the travel editor at the newspaper where he is employed. He ends up writing a story for her which lands him trip to the Bermuda Triangle. This in turn sends him to Lilliput where he ends up helping a lowly commoner in love with the princess. Not too difficult to figure out the symbolism. Jack has the Lilliputians construct items similar to our own. While there is humor in this, as well humor in Jack's fascination with Star Wars and Guitar Hero. However, the movie lacks the biting political satire of the original tale, something they could of done if they had a half decent script writer.
No nudity, unless you count Jack Black's butt crack, no sex, no f-bombs. Jack crudely puts out a fire through urination. Looks like it was made for tweens.
What was my biggest complaint? The story itself. The focus is mainly in Lilliput - just a few minutes of the movie was in Brobdingnag, and there was NOTHING of Laputa or the talking horses or anything else. This took away from the story a lot, and trivialized it. Jack Black was funny, but the Lilliput story arc had so much useless filler added to it that it defeated the story - I wish the writing had been more faithful to the book.
For a really great visual telling of Gulliver's Travels, try the one with Ted Danson. It was a made-for-TV movie series, but it actually did a pretty darned awesome job with Johnathan Swift's original tale and was creative and fun. Here it is.
He's landed in the land of the Lilliputians, who may be little but can build anything and apparently, have full access to modern technological devices. At first, they hold him hostage, later he wins their undying gratitude by doing something that will be absolutely hysterical to anyone under the age of 10. This part bears a slight resemblance to the eponymous book by Jonathan Swift, but otherwise, many liberties have been taken with the plot. There are elements of Cyrano De Bergerac, "School of Rock," "Be Kind, Rewind," and even an episode of "Malcolm in the Middle." It's like someone gave the director and cast free rein to do whatever they wanted, and unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any consensus as to what kind of movie this should be (comedy/rom-com/musical), apart from silly.
I'm not the target audience, however. I'd say that kids ten and under might find this hysterical, as there's plenty of bathroom humor but then I might be underestimating the intelligence of the average small child.
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Love the movie! Jack Black was hilarious and the movie was very entertaining!Published 7 days ago by StacyH
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, originally published
in 1726, has been one of the most renowned classics of
English literature. Perhaps better that Mr. Read more
I purchased this movie to show a class who read the novel. A fun version of events!Published 2 months ago by Randal A. Burd, Jr.
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