Director Bryan Singer brings his vision to Warner Bros. for the latest 3D action adventure “Jack the Giant Slayer,” which is a blend of fairy tales Jack the Giant Killer and Jack and the Beanstalk. Nicholas Hoult stars as Jack, the farm boy who sells his horse for magic beans. We all know the story – the beans get wet, the grow into a giant beanstalk that leads to a magical kingdom between heaven and earth that’s inhabited by giants, the princess (played by Eleanor Tomlinson) gets trapped in the beanstalk and transported to the giant’s kingdom, and the farm boy and King’s men travel up the beanstalk to bring the princess home.
Jack is also joined on his journey by the courageous Elmont (Ewan McGregor) and the devious Roderick (Stanley Tucci), one of the King’s trusted men who is planning to use a magical crown to control the giants and turn them into his personal army, a bunch of other guys who will fall down the beanstalk.
Most of the $195 million production budget obviously went into the special effects used on the massive giants, beanstalks, and giant kingdom. As enjoyable as Jack and the Giant fairytales have been in the past, the movie spends far too much of its time focusing on eye-popping special effects and booger eating giants rather than concentrating on the story – that’s what made Jack’s story a fairytale that’s been told to children since the 19th Century.
The giants look as rustic and hairy as anyone would imagine and the scenes when beanstalks violently sprout out of the ground are also visually stunning. However, none of the money spent seemed to be spent on writing a great screenplay, which I had high hopes for. Though, the comical performances by Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor also surprisingly fall flat amidst Jack’s crusade to find love. Tucci and McGregor do however seem to try their best to stop the film from crashing when there aren’t any special effects around. Unfortunately it’s impossible for them to save the film, while Eleanor Tomlinson isn’t given much to do and the film’s star Nicholas Hoult gives an even more zombie like performance than he has done in previous project.
“Jack the Giant Slayer” is the perfect movie for young boys under 12, but no one over that age. There’s action, laughs, physical comedy, and you can look cool wearing 3D glasses the entire time. Anybody outside that demographic is going to wish they had a giant beanstalk so they could climb out the theater.
“Jack the Giant Slayer” receives Three out of a possible Five Stars from Highlight Hollywood.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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