Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Rob Letterman (2010)

84min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Jonathan Swift's classic 18th-century satire gets a modern-day slacker makeover here, with Jack Black as the would-be travel writer lost at sea who washes up on the shores of Lilliput. Its tiny inhabitants are at first wary of "the beast", but soon herald him as a saviour when he vanquishes their foes. Gulliver also helps play Cupid to lovesick Horatio (Jason Segel), who is smitten with Princess Mary (Emily Blunt). Black essentially reprises his lovable-rogue character from The School of Rock, only this time the diminutive recipients of his pop-culture wisdom (based largely on Star Wars and heavy metal music) are played by a cast of British comedy stalwarts, including Billy Connolly, Catherine Tate and James Corden. It's all silly, predictable fun, with director Rob Letterman delivering a smattering of well-executed sight gags. However, the film is heavily reliant on camera trickery to grab laughs from an otherwise so-so script, and scholars of the original text may well find themselves weeping into their hardbacks.

Summary

A directionless loser tries to prove himself to the woman he loves by volunteering for a travel writing assignment. He is sent to the Bermuda Triangle, where he ends up stranded on an island populated by miniature people to whom he is a giant. Fantasy comedy, starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Billy Connolly.

Cast & Crew

Lemuel Gulliver Jack Black
Princess Mary Emily Blunt
Horatio Jason Segel
King Theodore Billy Connolly
Darcy Silverman Amanda Peet
Gen Edward Chris O'Dowd
Jinks James Corden
Queen Isabelle Catherine Tate
Director Rob Letterman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Dec 2010
Comedy Drama