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THE KING’S SPEECH
Approaching a story of monumental scope with charm and intimacy, The King’s Speech is a finely crafted crowd-pleaser that plays fast and loose with history but does so to convey a decidedly more human tale of finding one’s inner strength in order to be heard. There’s not a single surprising moment in the whole thing, as every element of the limply conventional narrative has been depicted in film on countless occasions — the movie of the week disorder, the reluctant leader, the unorthodox therapist/psychiatrist, etc. — but rarely have these humdrum plot mechanics been handled with such authority and wit. The acting is superb across the board, with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush marvelously portraying the “unexpected” friendship that blossoms between royalty and commoner. Their command of the screen brings a much welcome vitality to the film’s rather safe theatrics. Tom Hooper, meanwhile, refines his visually sumptuous period drama by presenting the material as accessibly as possible, employing any number of off-kilter camera angles, behind-the-back steadicam shots and fish-eye lenses to find that delicate balance between vulnerable and frigidly dignified. I wouldn’t say I was wowed by the film as many others seem to have been — and I’m a tad resentful that it won Best Picture over far superior efforts such as The Social Network, Black Swan and 127 Hours — but if you’re looking for a nice film to watch with the family, it’s a pretty good bet that The King’s Speech will comfortably satisfy that need.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Audio Commentary, Making Of Featurette, Deleted Scenes.
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In a curious box office chess move, 20th Century Fox’s 3D Jack Black film Gulliver’s Travels has had its release date pushed back from December 22 to December 25, the the exact opposite move Paramount made with True Grit. Gulliver will now be the lone wide release on Christmas but find himself without a Friday night to help his opening weekend box office. However, when the Friday night in question is Christmas Eve, box office must be considered negligible. Thanks to Box Office Mojo.
/Film reader Lascelles L noticed this new tv spot for the Jack Black comedy adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels which shows us a bit new material from the upcoming film. So far the trailers have only shown us Gulliver as a giant in a world of miniature people, but some of you might recall that Jonathan Swift’s 18th-century novel of the same name features more worlds. For example, the second part of the book titled “A Voyage to Brobdingnag” featured a normal sized Gulliver in a land of 72 feet tall giants. Apparently they also play upon this part of the book a bit in the new film. Hit the jump to watch the tv spot to find out how. Also included is another Star Wars joke/homage.
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Trading satire for slapstick, Jack Black is the new Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels, a film made to tap into the same audience that made Night at the Museum a hit. We’ve seen one trailer for Gulliver’s Travels which, frankly, looked horrible. Now there’s a second, in which we at least get to see more of co-stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. Watch it after the break. Read More »
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20th Century Fox has released a movie trailer for the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels. Directed by Rob Letterman (co-director of Monsters vs Aliens) and co-starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Romany Malco, Billy Connolly, T.J. Miller, and Amanda Peet. Based on the book by Jonathan Swift, this adventure comedy tells the story of “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.”
While this movie definitely doesn’t look good, it certainly doesn’t look as horrible as I thought it was going to be — especially judging from the posters and billboard which made it look like a fake movie in Funny People or Tropic Thunder. But yes, Emily Blunt was forced to turn down a role as Black Widow in Iron Man 2/Avengers to be in this movie. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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It’s been a little while since our last movie poster round-up, so now is the time to check out all the new one-sheets that have hit your local multiplex and the interwebs. Posters include: the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels, the 3D video game sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife, a banner for The Expendables, the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the UK quad poster for Todd Solondz‘ Life During Wartime, the Seventh Season of HBO’s Entourage, a Russian poster for Splice and an Italian poster for Joe Dante’s The Hole. Check them out now, after the jump.
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In addition to the films playing each year at the Cannes Film Festival every year, Hollywood pays millions to install banners, billboards, and hotel front skins on the Croisette to promote upcoming releases. Most of the advertising has never been seen before anywhere.
This year’s marketing offerings include Kane & Lynch, the Jack Black 3D comedy Gulliver’s Travels, The Last Airbender, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, John Landis‘ Burke & Hare, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, Eli Roth presents The Other Woman, Spider 3D, Elephant White, Son of No One and more. Check them out now, after the jump.
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The latest of Gulliver’s travels has brought him here to Oxford, my hometown. Or near enough – the film shoot has set up for a couple of weeks of on-location work at Blenheim Palace, just a few miles down the road from the University town I call home.
From the various pap snaps of the shooting taking place, it looks like most of the main Gulliver’s Travels cast are on hand – Jack Black, Emily Blunt and Catherine Tate as well as James Corden and Billy Connolly who I did not previously know to be involved. A sampling of the pictures after the break, revealing the costumes, the pageantry and the all-American game that Gulliver appears to be exporting.
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Chris O’Dowd has been a very busy boy. Besides the third series of the IT Crowd – out on DVD in the UK tomorrow – and his “second sitcom”, ITV 2’s FM, he also has three films set for release in the UK over the next couple-few months. First up is Richard Curtis’ The Boat that Rocked, then comes FAQ About Time Travel, and, finally, Hippie Hippie Shake will follow before long. The O’Dowdles, as his expanding rank of fans is apparently known, will have a pretty good summer.
To promote all of this hoo-hah, O’Dowd is currently – right now as I type – appearing on the BBC entertainment and cookery show Something For the Weekend. It was during an interview segment a few minutes back that he announced his casting in Gulliver’s Travels and gave some details of the role.
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Doctor Who companion Donna, as played by Catherine Tate, might as well have been dipped head-to-toe in Marmite she so sharply divided folk. Love her? Hate her? Funnily enough, and just like Marmite, I could see the appeal, and I could see the reasons for doubt, but I just couldn’t quite climb down off the fence. Also like Marmite, I thought the first taste had me sold on a Yes! but, unfortunately, my feelings turned to be increasingly ambiguous the further I munched.
Tate has now been granted her first role in “a big, kick-off Hollywood film” – her words, not mine. She’ll be in Gulliver’s Travels, alongside Jack Black as a contemporised Lemuel Gulliver and Emily Blunt as who-cares-because-its-not-the-Black-Widow. Tate will be playing the Queen of Lilliput and anybody who knows work has probably already guessed the voice she’ll be putting on.
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