Jack Black is fun to watch in this updated version of Jonathan Swift’s novel about a wannabe writer who takes an assignment in Bermuda in order to impress his boss (who also happens to be the girl he’s in love with) but ends up on an island instead where he meets the tiny citizen of Lilliput. Gulliver soon finds himself not a prisoner, but more like a hero and a warrior for the lilliputians, whose society is threatened by outside forces. I must admit that I wasn’t expecting much from this comedy, mainly because the critics weren’t exactly keen on it. But I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised, not because I witnessed a masterpiece, but because I was relieved that there’s still room for family entertainment in our society. Most of the movies we see nowadays are too dark to be labeled as “family entertainement”, but “Gulliver’s Travels” succeeds in being just that: a nice little movie for the whole family. Sure it has some cheesy moments, and the plot is probably way too predictable, but the kids won’t complain, and neither will you, because Jack Black will make damn sure you won’t.
Fun fact: Taylor Lautner was originally cast as Horatio but was dropped after producers changed their minds and considered him too young. Jason Segel replaced him. Good call.
Categories: The Twenty-First Century