And off to Lilliput we go! A new trailer for 20th Century Fox's "Gulliver's Travels" has hit the Web, and this is not your grandparents' version of the story. I don't remember the Lilliputians rocking out to KISS, having Iron Man-style fighting machines or being willing to act as human foosball players, but maybe my memory's just a bit rusty. But the fact there are more "Star Wars" references (two!) than there are butt jokes (one!) definitely tips the scales in the film's favor.
To refresh, this contemporary version of "Gulliver's Travels" follows a travel writer named Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) who is assigned a story on the Bermuda Triangle, but ends up getting swept off to the mysterious land of Lilliput. Here he is a giant and, by using some well-intentioned lies, he becomes the Lilliputians' hero. Eventually they find out his secret, but he tries to win back their affections by stopping an attack by their hated neighbors, the Blefescu. Oh, and he's trying to help Horatio (Jason Segel) win over the Princess of Lilliputia (Emily Blunt) in the meantime.
Jonathan Swift's novel was written to be a vicious satire on his country (England, for those of you who need a history lesson), and it will be interesting to see if this modernized film version follows the same route. Obviously the fact that a man so small in his home world can become so big, figuratively and literally, in Lilliput has some connotations in modern-day America. But this is the "studio that brought you 'Night at the Museum,'" so my expectations aren't too high.
It looks like "Gulliver's Travels" is only going to deal with Gulliver's adventures with the Lilliputians, so I'm guessing that, instead of Gulliver returning home safe at the end to Darcy (Amanda Peet), he's going to end up accidentally on the island of Brobdingnag. The second portion of "Gulliver's Travels," where Gulliver finds himself as small as he was tall in Lilliput, is almost as well known as the first portion which this film follows, so it seems pretty probable that there will be a sequel. As for a trilogy, well... who really read the horse part of the book anyways?
Are you a fan of this new trailer for "Gulliver's Travels"?