God-awful opus uses the title of Swift’s classic novel and its most famous section (Gulliver’s adventures in the miniature land of Lilliput) as an excuse for scene after scene of bad special effects and pop culture references.
Without sounding like a purist, I would assume that a $100 million movie called Gulliver’s Travels might have a little more going on than Prince and Star Wars references. I doubt Jonathan Swift was thinking of monster-sized robots when he wrote the tale in the 18th century.
There’s no point setting up the story. Needless to say, it’s barest of constructs to get Black’s Gulliver (a clerk in the mail room) onto a boat so he can wash up on Lilliput. It’s not long before he introduces the Lilliputians to rock and roll and fist bumping, but not before putting out a large fire by peeing on it.
(20th Century Fox)