Gulliver’s Travels

In 1726, Dublin born writer, Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels.  The story tells the tale of a man who, first, gets washed up in a land of people one twelfth his size (Lillipots), then ends up in a land where the people are twelve times bigger than him, followed by a flying Island and finally a land of ugly people.  The book doesn’t say for sure, but I’m guessing the last one was the worst.

The story was popular, so it’s no surprise that Hollywood, in keeping with its latest remake trend, is releasing a movie of it.  Did I mention it stars Jack Black?  I don’t mean to sound like a Jack Black hater, but I can’t stand Jack Black.  It’s always the same character.  A different name can’t fool me Mr. Black I know you can’t act; you can just play yourself in different situations.  I used to really like Jack Black, but it just got too repetitive.

When I saw the first trailer, I thought ‘wow I do not want to see that’, even though it has Jason Segel, who I’m not sick of yet.  It just looked like one of those movies that you don’t go see, then one day you watch it on TV, just because there’s nothing good on, and after you say ‘it was okay, but I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it’.  Then yesterday when I went to see Tron: Legacy, I saw a longer trailer.  It showed off some more Catherine Tate, made the story seem more interesting and pushed me one step closer to becoming bored of Jason Segel who, in his own words, spends most of the movie in Jack Black’s pocket.

Jack Black may be unofficially playing himself, again, but I think I might go see this film in cinema.  If nothing else, I’ll be a patriotic tribute to fellow Irish man Jonathan Swift.  Also, if I’m not mistaking, this is Catherine Tate’s first American role, I don’t mean she’s playing an American I just meant its being made by American’s.  The release date has changed a few times.  Right now its Stephen’s day but it could change.


4 responses

  1. Amy

    I really like jack black n I tink dis movie looks real good n I’m proud d book is written by an Irish writer !!!!! 🙂

    December 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    • Yeah when I saw that it was an Irish writer I knew I had to include it. I did really like Jack Black, I’ve just gone off him. I’ll more than likely change my mine sooner or later, because I like him off screen, he seems down to earth and just an all round cool guy (I’d love to play music with him). It’s just the repetitiveness of him roles that gets me down.

      December 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

  2. Robbie

    i thought Jack Black was great in King Kong.
    Off the top of my head, that’s the one role I can think of that doesn’t involve him adopting the same persona as he always does.

    But hey, it works well in School of Rock and High Fidelity so I’m not complaining!

    December 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    • You’re right he wasn’t the same character in King Kong, but I do think a different actor could have done a better job. I don’t mean to sound too down on him he is fun and I’d say in real life he’s cool, I just think he’s being type cast and it’s probably the best thing for him because he’s not that great at other roles. That sounds bad I know, but hopefully he doesn’t read my blog. Actually hope he does getting yelled at by Jack Black would make my year.

      December 19, 2010 at 7:48 pm

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