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Gulliver's Travels 2010

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Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.

Starring:
Emily Blunt, Jack Black
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Emily Blunt, Jack Black, Jason Segel
Director Rob Letterman
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 13 June 2011
Main languages English
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
"Marmite" film alert - some people will like this and others will hate it.

Most of those who like Jack Black's style of humour, and many of those who enjoyed the original UNCENSORED satire as Jonathan Swift actually wrote it - NOT the sanitised version usually shown to kids - will find this film at least reasonably entertaining.

Most of those who don't like Jack Black's style, and those who imagine that one of the abbreviated (e.g. heavily bowlderised) versions of "Gullivers' Travels" is a classic book, will be disappointed.

This film is a 21st-century adaptation of the first two books of Swift's 1726 satire by the same name. Jack Black's central character, Lemuel Gulliver, is a postroom junior on a New York magazine who, trying to impress the travel editor (Amanda Peet) on whom he has a massive crush, volunteers to undertake a writing assignment on boat in the Bermuda Triangle. After running into a freak storm Gulliver finds himself in a strange world where humans can be very different sizes ...

Swift's book works on three different levels

1) At the most obvious level, "Gulliver's Travels" was one of the first adventure novels ever written (it was to some extent a response to "Robinson Crusoe" which had come out a few years before.) This film roughly follows the same story, though it is more of a comedy or farce than a thriller.

2) On another level, Swift is making observations on the human condition. When Gulliver finds himself among the much smaller Liliputian people, who see him as a giant, then among the much larger Brobdingnagians, to whom he is no larger than a toy, this is a metaphor for the way we can see ourselves as tiny cogs in the wheel of society or try to become important and make a difference for good or evil.
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bought this as part of my son's birthday present. not watched it all the way through personally (we mums only ever get to see bits of programmes as we flit in and out!!) but my son thought it was soooo funny, usually the toilet humour sections!! the bits i saw were funnnier than the last jack black film i watched (nacho libre!) though
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Format: Blu-ray
First off, this mini review is based purely on the 3D BluRay version.

Secondly, why a lot of people are here in the first place is to see how good the 3D element is.

To cut things short, there is virtually no 3D. I have 7 3D movies in my collection and this is by far the worse one... in fact I would go as far as saying it is NOT 3D!

Thirdly. I am a massive Jack Black fan, I'm almost a fanatic! However, this is the worse film I have seen him in. There were a couple of really funny moments, lol one moment (when he has a wee!!!). The movie is a 4.5/10 for me.

My Amazon rating is purely based on the virtually non existence of 3D, but even if it had more 3D it would only get 2, 3 at the very best(some nice vibrant colours in movie + I have seen worse movies).

Animated movies, and Avatar are the only 3D movies at the moment that have impressed me (I'm hooked on 3D gaming on my PS3 though!).

If you must have this in your collection, then I wholeheartedly recommend buying the 2D version if you can get it much cheaper.
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I bought this for my 12 year old daughter but did'nt fancy watching it myself. She watched it and thought it was great so we thought it was worth trying it. It was really good.Nothing like I thought it would be.Very light, easy watching. Billy Connoly and Catherine Tate only had small parts but suited them.Worth buying.
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I don't know why but in this film Jack Black is just annoying.His slacker loser Gulliver just doesn't make you care what happens to him.This is a shame as the supporting cast is good and the film looks great in 3d.
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By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2012
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I took my children to see this movie at the cinema very reluctantly. The book is a masterpiece (one of my favourite books) and my children got to know the meaning of the work 'travesty' which I muttered every time they begged me to take them to see this Jack Black vehicle.

I relented and have to say that I actually really enjoyed it very much. Clearly the story has been updated and Gulliver is basically a slacker mailroom boy who dreams of impressing his boss, an editor in a New York travel magazine. He ends up taking a boat through the Bermuda Triangle and ends up in Lilliput, a kind of Ruritanian country, where he makes some kind of success mainly by urinating on the castle when it is on fire and saving the king of Lilliput.

There are some brilliant comic performances by Jack Black and Chris O'Dowd as well as Emily Blunt. You also have Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate (a bit underused) as the king and queen of Lilliput.

Anyway we now have the DVD and are still enjoying watching it.
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Format: DVD
Boring. Rubbish acting. Ridiculous Jack Black film about Jack Black being... Jack Black (but with small people). Even my children (boys aged 8 and 6) were unimpressed by it. Did we need this re-make? No. Terrible, terrible script too. The actors must have been cringing with shame as they spoke. No doubt they kept a bank statement in their pockets to remind themselves why they had agreed to do it.
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