Jack the Giant Slayer 3D(2012)
Prepare for a giant adventure.
Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) adapts the Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale. Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy) stars as the young farmer who leads a gang (including Ewan McGregor) against a kingdom of giants in order to rescue a kidnapped princess.... More
An ancient war is reignited when Jack, a simple farmer, unwittingly opens a gateway (via a giant beanstalk) between his world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack into the battle. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend.Hide
BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
It's difficult for blockbuster films to shake the stink of failure suggested by a long delay. Jack The Giant Slayer was originally slated for a mid-2012 release, and it finally arrives after a couple of underwhelming trailers. Extremely low expectations rendered this film slightly more watchable than the chore I anticipated, but even a generous assessment must acknowledge the unfulfilled potential and flat design.... More
There's a fatal lack of creativity to the set-pieces here that I really hope doesn't show up in Pacific Rim. In relative terms, the giants are poorly executed CGI creatures - their faces look stupid and they fail as interesting villains. The toothless intentions of the film suggested by its title changing from "Jack The Giant Killer" to "Jack The Giant Slayer" are embodied on screen by the film cutting away every time a human is about to be munched by a giant. Even Jurassic Park let us see the lawyer get eaten.
Ewan McGregor is fun as a honorable soldier and the great Eddie Marsan livens things up whenever he's on screen. But pretty lead Nicholas Hoult isn't given much to work with, and I was never invested in his love story. Jack The Giant Slayer isn't a complete and total turkey, but fairy tale reboot fatigue isn't doing it any favours.
Warning: the opening scene features two former Shortland St actors.Hide
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BY Simon-Howard lister
I was pleasantly surprised. This big-budget, rip-roaring, action-packed fairytale adaptation grew on me to the point where, once it was over, I cared about Jack and his sweet princess.
Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Ian McShane all deliver committed performances. It's all very tongue... More in cheek and harmless, it's all very fun and light. Yes, this is not going to win any awards. But it's not trying to.
The CGI giants aren't even that bad. If they are, then so are the trolls from The Hobbit. Jack and the Beanstalk is a much loved tale and Bryan Singer has adapted it to the action-blockbuster genre well. Nicholas Hoult doesn't actually seem to play too prominent a role for swathes of the film, and the Princess is a bit dull in places.
Go along, don't expect miracles, and you'll certainly not be disappointed. Like me, you might even come away having enjoyed yourself!Hide