Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
Running Time: 114 minutes
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci
Jack the Giant Slayer is based on one of the children’s most famous fairytales, Jack and the Giant Beanstalk. In this film, it begins with Jack’s (Hoult) meeting with Princess Isabelle (Tomlinson) when he is asked by his uncle to sell of their horse in order to earn some money to fix the roof of their home. Jack then returns home with only some beans given by a monk who claimed that they were special. However, this does not impress Jack’s uncle who asks him to toss away the beans. During the night, Princess Isabelle runs off from the castle to avoid being married to Roderick (Tucci) and asks for shelter at Jack’s home to avoid the heavy rain. Suddenly, the beans grow and with it, carry Jack’s home and the princess as it rises up to a land filled with giants. Soon, the King’s loyal guards, leads by Elmont (McGregor) are sent on a rescue mission to save the Princess, joined by Jack and Roderick.
I think as a family movie, this was a decent flick. The CGI was bearable, it looked believable enough that it could definitely fool the audiences especially kids. The giants looked quite gritty and gnarly which I guess is how many have always imagined them to be. So kudos to the designers for bringing the fable creatures to life. I thought the storyline was pretty good, it had all the elements of the beloved fairytale that we’re so used to, added with its own twists and surprises. It’s generally a good adventure flick, with comedic moments, and of course the typical romance between noble farm boy and the princess. The ensemble did a good job at convincing the audiences as they were brought along for the magical ride. With notable performances from Bill Nighy as the voice of the giant, General Fallon, Tucci as the power hungry Roderick, McGregor as the loyal royal guard, Ian McShane as the respectable King, Tomlinson as your not-so-average-damsel-in-distress, and finally Hoult as the hero of the day. Lastly, I think the costume and the makeup team for this film deserves a shout out as well for their work.
Overall, I think it’s a pretty fun adventure story for family and kids to watch, with pretty imaginative interpretation of the classic fairytale.
Rating: 6 out of 10