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Cinemas - Film of the Week - 23/12/10

THE subtle, underlying themes of Jonathan Swift's classic novel are almost completely lost on this contemporary adaptation of Gulliver's Travels.

However, it's hard for Rob Letterman's film to tread lightly with comic dynamo Jack Black in the title role.

The actor bulldozes through every scene like a child, who has been gorging on sweets and needs to burn off pent-up energy before he combusts.

Were it not for a brief foray into a land of giants that we assume to be Brobdingnag, Letterman's adventure would be merely known as Gulliver's Travel.

Unless of course the title is wishful thinking that this could be the first instalment of a series.

Gulliver's Travels is bombastic and garish, broadly exploring the corruption of a humble man before gifting him a chance at redemption.

Black can barely keep a straight face as he gambols from one digital effects sequence to the next.