Those who have tired of watching Jack Black do his manboy schtick onscreen will definitely want to take a pass on his latest film, a modern day take on Jonathan Swift’s classic satirical fantasy novel, Gulliver’s Travels.
A second trailer has emerged for Black’s latest, which finds the actor up to his usual comedic antics and looks to feature the kind of silly 3D and visual FX that should entertain younger moviegoers (maybe), but not really anyone else.
The new spin on Gulliver’s Travels refashions Lemuel Gulliver (Black) as a mail clerk and wannabe travel writer at a news publication. When he gets an assignment from his boss (Amanda Peet) to write about the Bermuda Triangle, Lemuel sets out to the mysterious region, gets caught in a powerful storm, and ends up shipwrecked on an island called Lilliputia, which is populated by six inch (or so) tall beings.
Gulliver’s Travels features some decent talent behind the camera, in the form of director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens), as well as screenwriters Joe Stillman (Shrek) and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek). Black will be joined in the film by comedic talents like Billy Connolly, Jason Segel, and Catherine Tate, as well as actress Emily Blunt – so surely the movie can’t be all that bad, right?
Watch the new trailer for Gulliver’s Travels (see below) before answering that question:
Both of the Night at the Museum pics were kind of dull and uninspired, but otherwise inoffensive family-friendly romps chockfull of silly visual FX – and both did pretty well at the box office. The producers behind those Ben Stiller comedies are clearly hoping to have similar success with Gulliver’s Travels, which will hit theaters during the winter holiday season, much like the first Night at the Museum.
Will the new Jack Black pic be worth seeing on the big screen and/or in 3D? We’re not quite sure how everyone else feels about seeing the man bounce tiny cannonballs off his man gut in the third dimension, but, well, we suspect the 3D surcharge might not be worth paying at the end of the day.
Gulliver’s Travels arrives in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on December 22nd, 2010.