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Dec. 22nd, 2010

05:18 pm - Mick LaSalle's review of "Gulliver's Travels"

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Mick LaSalle's review of "Gulliver's Travels":
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/movies/mobile/7349476.html

...gave me a laugh today. In a nutshell: he says it's a not-bad-but-cute holiday film, but don't waste your money on the 3-D version. But what made me laugh is that he obviously hasn't read the original book by Jonathan Swift:

Gulliver is known as "the Beast" and is kept in chains, until a fire rages and he's able to save the day by putting it out. Not with a hose exactly. He has to improvise. ... Are we on the same page here? The sound you're hearing is of Swift trying to claw his way out of the grave, just so he can kill himself.

Hey, Mick: the peeing-on-the-fire scene is IN THE BOOK. Swift WROTE it that way!


Hmm, but he also points out something I wasn't aware of: there's a cartoon before the feature...
...about a squirrel who tries to bury an acorn and ends up changing the face of the Earth. The cartoon is brilliant and cut above even the best of what follows.

According to Wikipedia, it's a new Scrat-from-Ice-Age cartoon.

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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 23rd, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Swift did take an unusual interest in urination and defecation. Then again, the interest may have been more common in the toilet-free days.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 23rd, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
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At least he said he didn't like it.
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From:penh
Date:December 23rd, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
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Mick LaSalle is one of our local movie reviewers, and he's notorious for being totally clueless.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 23rd, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
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I do wonder how complete the adaptation is. After Lilliput and Brobdingnag, it kinda loses appeal for younger audiences. His last travel is to an awkward Mary Suetopia that makes him find his own species nigh intolerable, but after Avatar, that might just fly.
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From:wbwolf
Date:December 23rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Most film adaptations usually do the first book, and I've occasionally seen the second book done (and I believe that is the case here). I've never seen the third and fourth journey done, especially since that's Swift at his snarky best.

(Though, with today's CG technology, having an island of talking horses would be doable...)
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From:oniomancer
Date:December 24th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
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The NBC mini-series version with Ted Danson covers pretty much the whole thing, including the Houyhnhnms.
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From:alfador_fox
Date:December 28th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I remember seeing that a long time ago!
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From:alfador_fox
Date:December 23rd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
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I read an unabridged edition back in high school, and that was exactly my experience--the third and fourth journeys were less enjoyable than the first two.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:December 30th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Have you written in to the paper to let them know that it's actually in the book?
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