Gulliver’s Travels

20th Century Fox brings us Gulliver’s Travels, a fantasy-comedy film, loosely based on the classic story of Gulliver.┬áThe film stars┬áJack Black,┬áEmily Blunt,┬áJason Segel,┬áBilly Connolly,┬áCatherine Tate, Chris O’Dowd, and┬áAmanda 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 ÔÇô to travel to the┬áBermuda Triangle and write an article confirming that the┬álegend 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.

First Impressions

I tend to be very wary of people I meet for the first time. It takes me a while to be able to trust them or even speak openly to them. This comes very slowly to me but once I feel that I can trust them then I warm up very quickly. Now there are quite a few exception ofcourse. Ever meet someone, be it casually or work related and immediately feel a distrust of that person at the very first interaction? I’ve had that quite many times actually, I am introduced to someone and I feel like the person, him or her, cannot be trusted, is a backstabber, is a problem creator and is probably gonna do everything to make my life miserable.

Most of these cases have turned out to be true, atleast 99% of the time. The 1% exceptions have been pleasant surprises and I even have become close friends with those people. And I am man enough to admit to them that I didn’t like/trust them at first but that they changed my mind about them soon and that I feel guilty about ever thinking bad about them.

What I do notice about people is the air about them, do they come off as being haughty, arrogant and full of hot air. It’s the little things; they way they introduce themselves, shake your hand, ask about you, talk about the things that they have done. Often I get really annoyed when people from the cities of Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi & Bangalore comment on Cochin – how they thought that it was a small town and how surprised they are to find that it is so urban compared to the vision they had in their mind. Come on – that only lets me know that you have absolutely no idea about the rest of India, other than your cozy prison of a world. If they don’t about Cochin, a major port, center of commerce and IT, they should be ashamed of themselves.

I also look to see if their smile is genuine and that tells me a lot about what kind of person he/she is. If you smile and it does not reflect in your eyes, then you are a fake person. And I should be wary of you.