December 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Continuing the predictably turgid glut of holiday fare is the Jack Black-starring Gulliver’s Travels, a reimagining of Jonathan Swift’s famed novel that frankly, nobody asked for nor particularly seemed to want, but hey, they made it anyway. Even with the luxury of a solid cast of comics running the transatlantic gamut, this glorified star vehicle is a garish, desperate film that fails to justify its own existence in any convincing way beyond lowly money-spinning.
Lemuel Gulliver (Black) is a buffoonish slacker (surprise!) working as the mail boy at a snazzy newspaper. However, after blagging a travel assignment from senior journalist Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet), who just happens to also be the object of his affection, he ventures out into the Bermuda Triangle, where he is pulled into the miniature world of Lilliput. A giant amongst the town’s tiny denizens, he is revered by most – King Benjamin (Billy Connolly), Queen Isabelle (Catherine Tate) and their daughter, Princess Mary (Emily Blunt) – as a God-like entity, while one dissenter in particular, Edward (Chris O’Dowd), dismisses him as an abberation to be done away with. (Continued…)