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I was in middle school when I first read Gulliver's travel book. Based
on what I read and what I watched was indeed the same story. I usually
don't get satisfy with novels turned into a movie story. Because the
story usually has some changes. But this is a good one.
Gulliver lives a simple life in Manhattan. He is a writer and loves music. But no one appreciates his likes. Until he got an assignment to investigate the Bermuda and write something about it. Unexpectedly, he landed on the land of Liliput. Liliput is the land where people is smaller than Gulliver. On that land, Gulliver was called a beast because he was too big for them. He pretended lives in pretension. Because he was big, he helped the citizen in his own little ways. He saved the princess from the people who wants to kidnapped her. He saved the king from the fire, and most of all, he save the countrymen from people who wants to invade their kingdom. Until the king promoted Gulliver to be their general. And the current general falls to be the vice general of Gulliver. The vice general was so angry of what happened and wants to make revenge with Gulliver. He invented something I called "Transformers" myself. He frightened Gulliver. Gulliver then admitted that he was just an ordinary man in Manhattan and what he told everyone was a lie. The king and the princess was put to jail. The vice general joined forces with those people who wants to invade their kingdom. And the bad people rules the Liliput island from then on. Gulliver was thrown on the land of "we don't dare to go". It was the land where giants lives. Gulliver was then owned by a little girl. And the little girl puts Gulliver on her doll house. Until one day, Darcy, Gulliver's associate and crush landed on Liliput island. She was about to follow Gulliver to make sure everything is okay with him on Bermuda. But unluckily, she also landed on the same island where Gulliver was before. She was put to jail by the bad people. But Gulliver's best friend from Liliput island came over to Gulliver to tell him that Darcy is on their island and General Edward was ruling their kingdom. Gulliver decided to go back to Liliput island to protect them and to do his responsibilities as a general. He first brought out of jail the king, princess, and Darcy. And he fought with General Edward. He was helped by his best friend. And together, they won the fight. The Liliput island is now in safe hands with King Theodore. Gulliver and Darcy went back to Manhattan. Since then, they became lovers.
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These reviews are rather harsh and critical of a silly movie. I for one
am NOT a Jack Black fan. KungFuPanda was great and hes been fair in
some other things but most of his namesake movies bore me to tears.
This movie starts exactly as you'd expect, the same annoying BS artist nobody he plays over and over to ad-nauseum BUT later in the movie you get to see that annoying nothing evaporate and change into a reasonable person. It was refreshing for a change for the NICE Jack to win over the useless one in a meaningful way.
The effects are great, I mean really cool in some spots and good everywhere else. Casting was well done, the main actors really having fun in this movie. The screen play is a bit jumpy but not horribly so. Amanda Peet IS exactly what many reviewers thought, a wonderful charming and lovely addition to a decent cast. We have seen WAY too little of this actress.
Anyone who thought a Jack Black move was NOT going to have some slapstick should have stayed home, honestly. I think this was his best film (except kungfupanda) and the other actors had lots of fun too. I took my daughter to it on a date. We had a lovely time. You probably will too IF ... you don't expect Gone with the Wind.
'GULLIVER'S TRAVELS': Three Stars (Out of Five)
Modern day, very loose, adaptation of Jonathan Swift's classic 18th century novel of the same name. It's directed by Rob Letterman (who co-directed 'MONSTERS VS ALIENS' and 'SHARK TALE') and co-written by Joe Stillman (who wrote 'PLANET 51' and co-wrote 'SHREK' and 'SHREK 2') and Nicholas Stoller (who also wrote 'YES MAN' and 'GET HIM TO THE Greek' and directed the latter as well as 'FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL'). It stars Jack Black in the title role and co-stars Jason Segel (a common Stoller partner), Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Chris O'Dowd, Billy Connolly and T.J. Miller. The film is a silly kids film filled with slapstick gags, state of the art special effects and Black doing his popular trademark routine the entire film.
Black plays an unambitious man-child mail clerk named Lemuel Gulliver who's been stuck in the same dead end job for several years and has had a crush on journalist Darcy Silverman (Peet) for almost as many but has been too much of a pussy to talk to her. When his trainee (Miller) is promoted to his boss the first day he's hired Gulliver finally works up the courage to talk to Darcy out of depression and desperation but instead of asking her out he applies for a job as a 'travel writer'. When asked to bring in an example of his writing the inexperienced Gulliver brings in plagiarized articles from the internet and is immediately put on assignment to travel to the Bermuda Triangle and debunk reports of missing ships there. He gets lost in a storm and washes up on the unknown island of Lilliput where he is a giant among the miniature people who inhabit it. He unwittingly saves the war-torn civilization and becomes a worshiped hero but his true nature and lies are eventually discovered and Gulliver must of course overcome his flaws and become the true hero he pretended to be.
The movie pretty much writes itself and is full of every sight gag and cliché in the book. It's obviously cheesy and predictable but it's also funny and amusing as well. Black delivers everything you expect from him and the rest of the cast does what they can to make the material enjoyable as well. The whole concept of the film is absurd but the writing isn't half bad once you acknowledge that that's the assignment they were given. The directing is adequate for a goofy kids film and the FX are decent as well (it was released in 3D but I saw it in 2D, so I can't comment on how it looked). All in all the movie is what it is; a cheesy kids film made about as well as it could have been.
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This was a great movie. My young children love Jack Black and so do we. If you aren't a Jack Black fan then you probably won't like it; however, it is a cute and memorable movie and it gets the point across of the book. It was funny and hilarious at times. Beautiful costumes and it really made you feel as if you were back in that era. It is cute how everything comes together. I totally didn't understand the poster of the movie; however, once we watched it ...... the only thing we could do was read as fast as we could to catch all the logos..... it is worth almost watching it again (right away that is) to try and catch them. Definitely a movie we will be purchasing, with pleasure! Love ya Jack Black!!
The story about a guy who unintentionally traveled into a world of
little people called Liliput. Here, Gulliver (Jack Black) discovered
that these people think differently about him than back at where he
came from. Back in Mahanttan, Gulliver worked in a mailroom in a
writing company and no one knows he exists, which is really typical for
a movie like this. He had a long time crush on this girl who writes
traveling articles. One day, he walked into her office ready to ask her
out and predictably grabbed a packet for a traveling article which
requires him to go to sea instead. While driving a boat to the
destination, Gulliver fell asleep and went off course into a dangerous
spin-off. Astonishingly, Gulliver came out alive but was tied up by the
little humans by the time he came to. The little humans thought he was
an enemy at first, but by the time the movie's middle appear, you'd
already guessed the ending.
Jack Black did exactly what he was supposed to do, entertain the audience no matter what it takes (even if showing half of his ass and pissing all over the place in a PG film). But the movie cannot depend on Jack Black to carry it, it needs a better story and a good, surprising ending. In my opinion, with all of Jack Black's childish humor and fine special effects, the film was able to get some laughs out of me. Jack Black has got a charm with him every time he gives a performance so that was enough for the film to pass the 50% mark. Even though the film somewhat entertained me, Gulliver's Travels did not do justice to its source materials (books) and was too predictable that even little kids can figure it out.
OK this title may not be true to the original movie and may contain some inappropriate scenes and phrases for a PG. But films are for entertainment and this entertained! It may have escaped peoples notices but this is classed as a remake so we shouldn't expect it to be exactly the same as the first movie, after all, there wouldn't be much point It contains a lot of good humour, great lines, good effects and if I'm entirely honest the cast were fantastic! 'Lotsofjoy's review is based purely on their ideas about how a film should be rated, I'll be blunt; lighten up! The urinating was amusing, the reference to breats was light humour. This film may not have been up to some peoples expectations but under-rating it because it didn't respect your perfect parent plan or didn't stay true to your favourite oldies is not fair, this remake is better than the original and the revolting HUMOUR was humorous! Stop picking things apart and enjoy the it. If this wasn't your kind of film, that doesn't mean it's awful for everybody else!
I saw the trailer for this film and pretty much assumed immediately
that I would love this. Well, I did enjoy it. Not quite as much as I
thought I would, but it was quite fun.
I thought it was well-written, I liked the story, and the actors did nice, particularly Black.
However, the film wasn't really as funny as I thought it would be. It wasn't devoid of humour, but I did get quite bored in parts. Also, I wouldn't advise paying extra for 3D glasses, because I can tell you firsthand that the 3D effects were non-existent. And before you ask, yes, I did pay for 3D. I know this because the trailers were in 3D (Tangled, Yogi Bear, and Gnomeo and Juliet. And they all looked impressive.).
As I said, it wasn't as good as I hoped, but I had fun. I went to the cinema to be entertained, and that's what I did. And that's good enough for me.
The film turned out to be funnier than expected. I thought it was well
cast, and loved the steam-punk elements (the small folk are clearly
early-mid 19th century in dress and style, but much more advanced
mechanically). And it actually had three or four scenes that matched
the original story (including on how to put out a fire).
I saw this in a different sort of 3D system than I've experienced before. I had to collect the specs from an attendant going in and he said "Just be aware that if you break or damage them there will be a $75 fee" - What!!!! The specs seemed to be silver lined and I found them hard to rest properly, and there tended to be lots of spurious reflections throughout the film. If I have a choice in the future, I'll use the "Real 3D" cinema showings. Have no trouble with those other than my eyes watering by the end of the film (not a problem here).
The end credits suggested more to the story and a possible sequel (maybe featuring Laputa and the Yahoos?), but I doubt that'll happen.
I developed a distinct dislike for the lead character 30 seconds into
this movie. I really wanted that character to be killed somehow. Jack
Black may be a lovely person in real life, but his standard "sleazy"
and constantly riffing characters grate on me. If I was more spiritual,
no doubt I wold not find Jack Black's performances so annoying. The
reason i went to this, despite Black's appearance in it as Gulliver,
was that I read a review from a critic I respect which said Black
didn't do his usual shtick in this role. Wrong. Same stale tricks. It's
the same old character- the clueless and selfish lout.
On the positive side, Amanda Peet was nice to see. And Emily Blunt. Peet didn't have much to do, but I hadn't seen her in a long while and it was nice to see she hadn't changed much- she's as bright and clear as ever. Blunt had a bit more of a role, and she carried it off well.
The Lilliputian vibe of 17th Century England was a nice touch- probably the only purely enjoyable part of the movie, apart from watching the charming ladies. Although I must say Jason Segel was remarkably likable as the second banana, as he usually is.
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