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Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

(PG) 84 mins

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

Director: Rob Letterman

Writers: Joe Stillman (screenplay), Nicholas Stoller (screenplay), and Jonathan Swift (book)

Stars: Jack BlackEmily Blunt and Jason Segel 

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  Ever since movies like Shrek started coming out, movie-makers can’t hide behind the excuse, “It’s a kids’ movie.”  That seemed to be what the screenplay writers tried to do here: take a classic novel, let an energetic and charismatic star like Black bounce all over the place on-screen, sprinkle in some special effects and bright colors, and you’ve got an instant blockbuster, despite your lazy dialogue and flat jokes (and the worst part is, this film isn’t even billed as a kids’ movie!).  Fortunately, audiences saw past the ruse, as well–in the theaters, this film didn’t even gross half of its budget.

No disrespect to the actors, however; they made this movie bearable.  Their chemistry was fun to watch, and Chris O’Dowd especially made many a corny line funny through sheer brilliant delivery.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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