As the end of the year approaches, much like the Salvation Army bell ringers tolling to get you to donate your loose change, Hollywood always seems to serve up some giant family-friendly special-effects extravaganza. 2010's entry in this dubious tradition is a reworking of Gulliver's Travels
starring Jack Black, a man who at his best is a special effect all on his own.
The movie's premise is a simple one that owes more to Night at the Museum than Swift's original novel. Black plays Lemuel Gulliver, a ten-year employee in the mailroom of a New York newspaper who can't summon the courage to ask out Darcy (Amanda Peet), the travel editor he's had...