Gulliver's Travels trailer online
Mmmm...the new non-3D trailer has arrived for Gulliver's Travels, the classic tale retold with Jack Black in the lead, and what concerns me about this trailer is that it's Jack Black heavy and very Gulliver's Travels light. I do get the feeling that it's heavily concentrating on selling the fact that he's starring in it and not so much the classic story or the new things that could be done with the idea.
Well that's not strictly true, they've thrown in a flash of playing table football with real minature people and, well really, that's about it.
We're shown a lot of the back story, and he's the usual lying, deceitful, character who will twist the truth quite spectacularly to get somewhere in life, and where he does get is from the mail room to the news reporter's desk and off on assignment to the Bermuda Triangle.
Cue big 3D wave - oh did I not say Gulliver's Travels is in 3D? - and we're stranded on a beach, tied up, then quick montage of Jack Black with little people, who seem rather unimportant in the trailer itself.
Yeah, I'm not impressed. I do see lot's of possibilities, and Jack Black can be very funny, but this trailer isn't showing it for me, I really think it needs another edit.
Yet the film is directed by Rob Letterman who brought us Monsters vs Aliens and is adapted by Nicholas Stoller and Joe Stillman who have some strong comedy films behind them already. Let's hope it is just the trailer that's not on top form.
There's a great cast to go along with Black though, with Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, James Corden, Catherine Tate and Chris O'Dowd, so a good mix of British comedy talent too.