Movie Review: Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black

Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black is out on DVD on April 19th. Read more here and download a free guidebook.

gullivers travels jack black review available on DVD April 19thAbout Gulliver’s Travels Starring Jack Black

Rating: PG 85 minutes

Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock) brings his irreverent humor to this adventure-comedy based on the classic tale. To impress the pretty newspaper travel editor Darcy (Amanda Peet, 2012), an underachieving mailroom clerk named Gulliver (Black) takes a writing assignment traveling to Bermuda. When a shipwreck lands him on the fantastical island of Lilliput, he transforms into a giant — in size and ego!

Gulliver’s tall tales and heroic deeds win the hearts of the tiny Lilliputians, but when he loses it all and puts his newfound friends in peril, Gulliver must find a way to undo the damage. Through it all, Gulliver may just learn that it’s how big you are on the inside that counts.

Our Review of Gulliver’s Travels:

In this remake of a classic story, Jack Black stars as Gulliver, who lives as a lowly person, never rising above the mailroom of a magazine.  He has a crush for the travel editor, but is too scared to ask her out on a date.  In an attempt to impress the travel editor, Gulliver writes several different travel stories using other articles as his sources and presents them as his own work.  The travel editor gives Gulliver a chance and sends him on a travel assignment about the Bermuda Triangle.

Once in the Triangle he is sent by a storm to the land where little people live.  The movie goes through various scenes where Gulliver is the big cheese, then a loser, and finally the hero, saving the little people and winning the heart of his secret love, the travel editor.

The movie was not as expected and left one wondering how to make up roughly 2 hours lost by watching it.  There are a couple scenes that lead one to a short-lived laugh, but those are rare.  The acting was adequate for the depth of the movie and Jack Blacks seems a bit old to be playing this part. The one saving grace of this movie were the graphics and special effects. Overall, it rates 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Of course, if you are watching it for some laughs then maybe you will like it and our neighbor’s kids really enjoyed it from start to finish. As an adult I think we pick movies apart sometimes and compare them to previous versions and miss the fun.

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