When you go to see a Jack Black movie based on Gulliver's Travels, you pretty much know what you're in for, right? The book itself is already pretty raunchy, so add in Jack Black's usual shtick of being a man-child who makes lewd comments and you've got the general idea. But there were so many little things in the movie that made me shake my head, either because they were better than what I'd hoped, or much, much worse, that make it difficult to write off. Part of me wants to see it again, to figure out if the parts I liked at all counterbalanced the parts I despised. Based on a single viewing, I'm going to say they don't.
This week is filled with sad DVDs. Some because of their subject matter, and others because of the awards they stole from more deserving movies.
Jack Black is about to be a Yahoo. Well, more of one than normal, anyway. 20th Century Fox is moving forward with production on a version of Gulliver's Travels, and it will be the actor's next project. Fox's take will be a modern version, with Black playing the title character Lemuel Gulliver as a 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. Which, being a girl over 6 feet tall, is kind of how I feel on the elevator every day.