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April 27, 2011 / Prof Cupcake.

gulliver travels to sh*ts vill

Mr. Swift is far from my favorite author, but I feel his anguish as if it was my own, which for the 1 hour and 30 minute running time of 2010 Gulliver’s Travels by Rob Letterman, it was. From Mr. Swift’s high concept source material, Joe Stillman and Nicholas Stoller have managed to produce a script which is, no joke, filled with less gravitas then drying paint. (Paint drying might at least prompt some sort of personal or moral reflection and thus be deemed in some way worth while.) A film to be avoided at all costs, I personally blame Delta for wasting my time with film, while also having the audacity to serve subpar microwavable ready meals of reconstitute flavored cardboard and call it food. The plot, if you are feeling generous with terms, follows fat and lazy Gulliver (Jack Black, in yet another role as him self) who is a mailman with a big crush on travel reporter Darcy (Amanda Peet) after accidently landing himself an assignment Gulliver heads to the Bermuda Triangle and ends up in Lillyput, a place filled with small people. After pissing on their palace Guliver is accepted as the cities hero and for the first time in his life feels accepted. Yet trouble is brewing in Lillyput and our hero may have a lot to contend with in the form of Lillyput’s aggravated general. I am not entirely sure why I had high hopes for this film. But given that the source material is fantastically imaginative, I was hoping for more. I wanted drama, and magic, and beautifully realized set pieces with ornate detail, but the large amount of green screen and gratuitous ass shots on the part of Mr. Black, undercut the film’s voice. Jason Segel appeared confused as to why he was there, as did for that matter Emily Blunt. And please don’t get me started on the absurd ending which involves a painful dance sequence and potentially scarred me for life.

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