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Gulliver travels to town

Family comedy adventure film ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ based on the 18th-century novel of the same name by Jonathan Swift is now being screened at the Majestic cinema Colombo.

Directed by Rob Letterman and adapted to the modern era, the movie depicts the travel writer Lemuel Gulliver who takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens.

The film stars Jack Black as Lemuel Gulliver, Emily Blunt as Princess of Lilliput, Jason Segel as Horatio, Catherine Tate as Queen of Lilliput and Billy Connolly as King of Lilliput and the film is distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Businessman Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is presented as the boss of a newcomer named Dan (T.J. Miller), but is promoted and is now Gulliver’s new boss. Deeply depressed, Gulliver overcomes this by coming to Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet), and agreeing to write a report about his “travels”. He plagiarises a copy from other publications. The next day, Darcy, impressed by his writing, presents Gulliver with a new task – he must travel to the Bermuda Triangle and write a description confirming that the legend of ships mysteriously disappearing in the area being caused by extraterrestrials is not true.

Upon arrival, Gulliver is overwhelmed by a waterspout and lands on the seashore of Lilliput, where he is immediately confirmed as a “beast” by the town’s microscopic population. He is annihilated and imprisoned in a cave, citizens claiming him too big a threat. Here, he meets another prisoner named Horatio (Jason Segel) who was jailed by General Edward (Chris O’Dowd) because of crushing on Princess Mary of Lilliput (Emily Blunt). After the island across of Lilliput enacts an invasion, Gulliver manages to rescue the Princess from being kidnapped and saves her father, King Benjamin (Billy Connolly) from a fire using his urine.

Gulliver is declared a hero by Lilliput’s citizens, and Gulliver makes up a deal of lies saying he is president and has achieved many successful goals and done many heroics and also married Darcy; Edward, however, becomes enraged due to the accommodations he receives, even being presented as a general of Lilliput.

When the townspeople find Gulliver’s boat and his things, Gulliver gets angry messages from Darcy, saying she never wants to see him again and that she has to take up his place and also found out about his plagiarism. The next day, chaos ensues as the population across Lilliput enact an attack on the city when Edward shuts off the defences surrounding Lilliput, as an act of revenge on Gulliver. Gulliver defeats the population again, invulnerable to the cannons (although getting numerous scars).

Edward abandons the Lilliputian army, joining the enemy forces instead. Using a powerful and gigantic robot from one of Gulliver’s magazines that they build, Edward makes Gulliver surrender after he suffers a painful wedgie from Edward and is banished to the island across Lilliput, admittedly saying that he is “just the guy from the mail-room”. Meanwhile, he is captured by a native giantess and Darcy is imprisoned in a similar manner to Gulliver's was at the beginning of the journey when she goes to the Bermuda Triangle to take Gulliver’s place. Horatio reveals to Gulliver that she was annihilated. Gulliver narrowly escapes with him, using a parachute from the giantess’s dollhouse. The film was impoted by Liberty Cinema Limited.

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