Poster design by “Cold Open”. Image courtesy of IMP Awards
Well it’s the holidays so what better way to pass the time than to go see a good old English fairytale. Jack the Giant Slayer is based on the Jack and the Beanstalk stories, and with it being in 3D it was too good an opportunity to miss out on.
Directed by Bryan Singer, whose previous movies include the X-men movies as well as Superman Returns , there is plenty of experience behind the helm to be able to bring justice to Jack the Giant Slayer.
The principal role in the film of Jack is played by Nicholas Hoult who was recently seen in the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies.
Eleanor Tomlinson plays Princess Isabelle, while Ewan McGregor plays Elmont. Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and Bill Nighy also star.
A young Jack is fascinated with the stories of King Erik defeating Giants, who live in the skies above whilst his father constantly reminds him that that’s all they are; stories. Elsewhere, a young Princess Isabelle shares the same fascination.
Fast forward 10 years and Jack is now living with his uncle, and is tasked with selling his horse in the market to raise much needed money for the farm. At the market, Jack lays his eyes on Princess Isabelle for the first time, and immediately becomes infatuated with her.
Following a robbery, a monk offers Jack some magic beans in exchange for using his horse.
Back at the farm, Jack is left with unwanted beans and an angry uncle who considers Jack nothing but foolish and ends up throwing the beans away. Jack recollects all the beans bar one which has fallen under the floorboards.
Princess Isabelle has escaped the confines of her castle in search of adventure, and with heavy rain takes refuge in Jack’s house. As the bean comes into contact with the rainwater, it starts to sprout and grow into a giant beanstalk reaching for the skies. The beanstalk takes the house and Isabelle high up into the skies.
The king sends his best men, along with Jack, to climb the beanstalk and to rescue the princess. Roderick (Stanley Tucci) goes along, although he has an ulterior motive for doing so.
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As they reach the top, Jack realises that maybe those stories his father used to tell him were true after all. Its one thing rescuing the princess, but the bigger task for Jack is to make sure the Giants don’t get to the ground below or else all hell will break loose.
Overall, I would say the film was quite decent. Having watched it in 3D, I now wish I had watched it in 2D. 3D is starting to prove to be nothing more than a gimmick as way too studios are churning out 3D films just for the hell of it. Yes, the 3D added some depth to the movie, but if you’re expecting some pop out moments then you will be left disappointed.
Personally, i’m not too sure i’m convinced by Nicholas Hoult as Jack, I felt like I was watching R from Warm Bodies. The other actors didn’t blow me away either, and didn’t feel any conviction in any of the roles.
Jack the Giant Slayer is something the kids will enjoy for sure, but for adults it will prove to be a one time watch.