I had hoped that a modernization of Jonathan's Swift classic
I had hoped that a modernization of Jonathan's Swift classic Gulliver's Travels would be an opportunity to introduce a younger audience to the tale. I was skeptical but optimistic when Jack Black, the king of butt-crack humor, was cast in the title role in the 2010 version. Black plays Lemuel Gulliver, a mail room clerk for a big-city newspaper. His career and love life are stalled until a coworker tells him he's already hit his peak. Spurred on to make a change, Gulliver accidentally signs up for a writing assignment from the travel editor, his crush Darcy (Amanda Peet).
Alarmingly, the assignment is in the Bermuda Triangle, and after embarking on the dangerous-sounding adventure, Gulliver ends up in a monster storm and wakes up on the island of Lilliput. As the story goes, he's the tallest man among a populace of tiny people and is imprisoned as a beast until he proves useful to the Lilliputians. The literary framework of the story provides lots of chances to update it — make it newer, funnier, more current — but the effort falls as hard as the clumsy Gulliver.
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