1hr 54min - Rated PG-13
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan
“Jack the Giant Slayer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost , forcing the young man, Jack into the battle of his life to stop them. 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-and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
The movie starts out with a peasant father reading a folktale about giants to his young son Jack while at the same time the Queen is reading the same story to her young daughter Isabelle. I really liked the poem and wonder if it is a real story or made up for the movie. I wasn't able to find it anywhere so if you know; tell me! We then flash forward 10 years and the boy and girl have grown up and Jack is off to market to sell his horse. This version is already much more exciting than the old fairytale. The story behind the beans is fantastical and dark.
The mixing of real actors and CGI can be tricky, but they pull it off in this film because you are so distracted by the story and characters you don’t even worry about it. And damn! They found some good-looking people to star in this movie. Jack (Nicholas Hoult), Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Elmont (Ewan McGregor) are stunning and fairy tale worthy while in contrast, the giants are hideous and mean. We don’t get any of that “they’re just misunderstood” crap, these giants are angry, man-eating beasts.
Be careful about bringing young children. The giants are a little scary and they do eat people! You don’t see any blood or body parts because the camera cuts away as they start munching, but it is very clear what has happened.
Jack is worth your time and money, especially if you have age appropriate kids to take. I didn’t see it in 3D so I can’t comment on that aspect.