The over the top performances of the well-spoken Lilliputians, and even that of Jack Black, go a long way towards helping make the movie better, but sadly, they just couldn't save the material from itself.
Gulliver's Travels strips the source material down to its recognizable parts and then builds something completely new out of them. Unfortunately, the result is entirely Lilliputian in ambition, even for a children's movie.
Yes, a giant robot. In Gulliver's Travels. Because - like the carriage chase that Robert Zemeckis plopped into last year's A Christmas Carol - these centuries-old classic tales cry out for loud and obnoxious 21st century special effects.
It's numbing to watch the moderate imagination that comes with placing a big man among a shrunken society fade away in favor of gross-out gags, pop-culture references and a sing-along finale more groan-inducing than most.