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I wrote up a review of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ over at Reel Life With Jane, and gave it 3 out of 5 Reels. Not totally awful, but not one of the best movies of 2010 either.

gullivers-travels-poster-250I’m starting to wonder whether Jack Black might need a new direction. I’ve loved his particular brand of goofy humor dating back to ‘The School of Rock’ — I admit I didn’t know much about him prior to that — but now it’s starting to wear a little thin.

He’s carved out a respectable career as the pudgy loser who makes good – which he’ll no doubt continue to do in ‘Kung Fu Panda 2,’ due in theaters May 27, 2011. But maybe it’s time for Jack Black to do a Seth Rogen and buff out for a cool superhero movie. at least, I hope ‘The Green Hornet’ is cool.

It’ll be interesting to see Black’s films in the coming year, not just ‘Kung Fu Panda 2,’ but also ‘Bernie’ (Richard Linklater’s comedy about a mortician who kills a wealthy widow), and ‘The Big Year’ (David Frankel’s film about three bird watchers hoping to spot the rarest bird in North America).

Any thoughts on Jack Black’s career? Are you a fan? Does he need a new direction? Or are you happy to see him play the same character forever?

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  1. A bit stuck in a rut, methinks. But then he’s probably only seeing a certain kind of script. Didn’t he show up as the love interest, though, in a romcom a couple of years ago? I’m trying to think what he might do next to widen his range.

  2. I like the idea of him doing something similar to Seth Rogan with the Green Hornet. Hmmmm, what kind of super hero could he be? Or maybe he could take the same route as Robin Williams and do a dramatic role and then a comedic one?

  3. But maybe it s time for Jack Black to do a Seth Rogen and buff out for a cool superhero movie. at least I hope is cool..It ll be interesting to see Black s films in the coming year not just Kung Fu Panda 2 but also Bernie Richard Linklater s comedy about a mortician who kills a wealthy widow and The Big Year David Frankel s film about three bird watchers hoping to spot the rarest bird in North America ..Any thoughts on Jack Black s career?

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