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Movie Review – Gulliver’s Travels

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When seeing a kid’s film you always run the risk of it being a ‘real’ kid’s film and not really having much to keep an adult audience happy.  Unless you’re seeing a Pixar or Dreamworks animation film that is!  With those films you know every time that you’re going to see something that will not only be loved by kids but have the adults in the audience equally entertained. So when I saw the trailer for the new big screen version of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ it felt like it would be aiming a bit younger than I would normally risk seeing but with free tickets on offer I couldn’t say no.

“The plot centres on Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black), a free-spirited travel writer who, on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput, home to a population of industrious, yet tiny, people.”

The main reason I saw this film, other than the free ticket, was that Jack Black was playing the lead role and I’ve been a big fan, pun intended, of his for a long time!  With that, he was easily the best part of the film, which sadly did pander to a much younger audience. Now, some would say what’s wrong with that as it is a kid’s film after all?  What ‘I’ say to that is how many films from your childhood have you re-watched as an adult and realised they sucked because they clearly pandered to the young audience? And, how many of the ‘classic’ kid’s films from your childhood can you happily re-watch today as they can be enjoyed by both adult and child alike?  So, although this film did its ‘job’ by being a decent kid’s film, and was somewhat enjoyable for an adult, nothing about it will stand the test of time in my eyes.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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