Jack the Giant Slayer $$$ 1/2
Starring: Nicholas Hoult,
Tucci, Ewan McGregor, and Eleanor
Director: Bryan Singer.
In recent years,
has relied heavily on retelling
well known stories. Remakes of old television series and previously successful
movies have become a common item on the movie-going menu. Producers seem more
willing to back proven stories than take a risk on something new. Hollywood
Granted, it is no easy matter to find new material. The longer
stays in business the more
original material they will grind through. As it is we have about a century
worth of storylines stockpiled in the celluloid vaults. Hollywood
Jack the Giant Slayer is a telling of the popular children’s story: Jack and the Beanstalk. For those of you who somehow missed hearing that tale as a child – Jack is sent to market to sell the family horse and buy some much needed supplies. He ends up with magic beans that are thrown out and end up growing a huge beanstalk that rises into the sky. Climbing the beanstalk, Jack finds a land inhabited by giants.
However, in this version Jack (Nicholas Hoult) has met himself a princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and ascends the magic stalk in order to rescue her. He is accompanied by a host of the king’s elite troops, including
Elmont (Ewan McGregor) and the rascally Sir Roderick (Stanley
The acting was good. The writing was a decent reforging of a well-known tale. And the special effects were great. I loved watching the giants. The chemistry between Jack and the Princess was believable and fun. All in all, this was an excellent family movie. More mature audience may find it less appealing.
The film scored a solid three-and-a-half movie bucks from me. The giants definitely need to be seen on the big screen. The action too screams out for a first-run theater showing. But it won’t hurt to catch it as a matinee.
Randy’s Rating System
$$$$ = Full Price See this movie right away and pay full price, it’s worth it.
$$$ = Matinee Catch this as a matinee or other discounted showing.
$$ = Discount Wait until this movie reaches a discount theater near you.
$ = Rental Wait until this movie reaches your local video rental outlet.
0 = No Sale Don’t see this movie at any price.