20th Century Fox brings us Gulliver’s Travels, a fantasy-comedy film, loosely based on the classic story of Gulliver. The film stars Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Billy Connolly, Catherine Tate, Chris O’Dowd, and Amanda Peet. Bringing this story to the 21st century, the film creators attempt to retell this story with a lot of comedy and assign Jack Black with breathing life into a famous story. Well they almost do it right but in the end they fall short of making it a really memorable film, worth watching many times over the years to come.
Lemuel Gulliver (Black) works in the mail room of a big New York newspaper but his attitude towards life keeps him from progressing at work and this is brought to the fore front when a new employee, who initially reports to Gulliver, is soon made his boss. Depressed, Gulliver talks to Darcy Silverman, who he has a crush on, and convinces her that he can write a good travel article. He copies stuff from the internet and shows it off as his work. Impressed, Darcy presents Gulliver with a new task – to travel to the Bermuda Triangle and write an article confirming that the legend of ships mysteriously disappearing in the area being caused by extraterrestrials is not true.
On his boat ride, Gulliver encounters a storm and is washed onto an island, Lilliput, which no one has ever heard off. All the people are really tiny, hence Gulliver is a giant to them. They tie him up and imprison him in a cave. After befriending Horatio (Segal), Gulliver soon becomes a hero when he saves the princess from being kidnapped and saves the king from a fire by peeing on it. Gulliver is hailed as a brave warrior and he creates a story about his exploits and gets royal treatment and new luxurious accommodations. General Edward, miffed at this and at being rejected by the princess Mary (Blunt) defects to the enemy island. There he finds a magazine (belonging to Gulliver) on making a robot and creates one with the help of the enemy soldiers. Using this, he beats Gulliver, who leaves Lilliput.
Horatio searches for Gulliver and finds him trapped, caught by a giant girl and convinces him to come back and face Edward. Also Darcy was washed up on the island of Lilliput, when she came to search for Gulliver, mad at him for copying other people’s work and showing it as his own. Now Edward has Darcy prisoner too. Gulliver comes back to the island, frees Darcy and defeats Edward with the help of Horatio, who deactivates the robot’s controls. Gulliver then brings peace among the two rivaling nations and then with Darcy leaves back to New York in their repaired boat. It’s revealed they later became a couple and successful fiction writers in New York, writing about their experiences on Lilliput.
Nothing new, some of it is funny, some of it is predictable. Perhaps the funniest part is the rendition of War that all of them sing towards the end. I’d give it a 7 outta 10.