Jack Black is still a funny guy despite a few missteps along the way. Gulliver’s Travels is another bump in the road that continues to force us to question his sense of humor (or his choice in scripts). This movie may be geared for children and families, but even those childish jokes don’t seem to be mustering many laughs from the target demographics.
Gulliver’s Travels is bad, but it isn’t disgustingly bad. It simply lacks any kind of effort to be truly funny. The least that director Rob Letterman could have done was to give Jonathan Swift’s original book a proper portrayal. Instead, the movie is a studio cop out in search of big bucks at the expense of cheap 3D tricks. In fact, little remains from the original work that isn’t exploited for modern audiences.
Frankly, Jack Black was just the wrong person for this movie. He plays pieces of his former characters instead of creating a fully formed human being as Lemeul Gulliver. It isn’t the worst display, but it is disappointing when Hollywood bruises great literature in an effort to jump on a trend.