“Gulliver’s Travels” OHNOSE A Fun Movie

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min.
Release Date: December 25th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for brief rude humor, mild language and action.


Director: Rob Letterman

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Maybe.
Own it: Maybe, depends on when it comes out and what financial problems I still have.
Recommend it to: Anyone that likes to have a good, goofy time.


Stuck in the mailroom Gulliver (Jack Black) imagines of great things, but never strives to work toward them. He falls into a lie about how he’s a great writer only to end up in a boat heading toward the Bermuda Triangle where a waterspout takes him to the land of the little people. A place his lies continue to pile, only to fall. Gulliver’s Travels.

I hate this season. The stuck up movie season where people like pompous movies like Black Swan and act like their taste is refined for doing so. Please. More like dulled. If I hear one more person put down Fight Club in comparison to that trite little film I’m going to….hate black swans forever.

People like to go to the movies for lots of reasons raging from forgetting about their troubles, to having fun, to thinking…it’s not JUST thinking. Some people forget why films were made in the first place. Entertainment. They were not created to look down on anyone or to award the crapiacity of creativity. That’s the bitter me talking because True Grit wasn’t nominated but a constipated ballerina got nods up and down. Death to all.

I enjoyed Gulliver’s Travels because it had good comedy. Unlike the dull Black Swan that told it’s ending at the beginning, I can watch Gulliver’s Travels over and over again. Not that I am going to, but I can and that’s all that matters. In addition, I was allowed to see the wonderful Catherine Tate (who played Queen Isabelle) outside of the “Doctor Who” world. She is a great comedy actress and one of my favorite Who Girls.

A film is fun if I can imagine watching it again. I can imagine watching this again. If I had to watch Black Swan again I’d slit my wrist with my own eyelashes and don’t you dare try to figure that out. I’m so putting that as a twist in a story I’m doing. Be careful, I might tell you at the beginning how it’s going to end and that just might enough for you to fall foolishly in love with it. Every top ten that has that on their list loses my respect.

I’m filling up my hate of Black Swan in this review. Why would I do that? Because I can. That’s why. And I’m in a bitter mood. Yes I am.

The C.G.I. work was shoddy, yes I agree with another review. I thought they could have at least tried. It’s not a fantastic story line, either. I’m not rating it on how it looked, for some reason that didn’t bother me. I enjoyed myself and I laughed. I laughed more than I did when I saw The Little Fockers.

My other minor complaint is that Amanda Peet is pretty and attractive, but she has this weird need to be similar in every film. Some personality for the character would be nice. Emily Blunt, though, continues to show a wide range of wonderful with every single character she’s taken on since I first saw her. Jack Black’s similarity with other characters in his films doesn’t bother me. Not yet.

Gulliver’s Travels is a film that’s goofy, silly and fun. Now if you are more into sticking your nose up and talking about films like Black Swan (which probably would taste good on a spit pit somewhere) as fantastic awesome, then you’ll be bored because the story is as predictable as Black Swan. It just hasn’t been nominated for awards that made you WANT to see it in the first place. I’m not done. Just like The Town, I’ll pan it until I feel better.

I write like: Jonathan Swift

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