Jack the Giant Slayer
going to get slammed by both my friends and critics but I thoroughly
enjoyed Jack the Giant Slayer and compared to other Sword & Sorcery
films, I actually enjoyed this more than Peter Jackson's The
Hobbit. Sure, it's full of Hollywood fluff but there's actually some
endearing fun in this action adventure based on the classic story of
Jack and the Beanstalk.
With that said, this Hollywood Blockbuster
also parallels to the 1962
stop motion film entitled Jack the Giant Killer that like Hansel &
Gretel Witch Hunters, this story successfully
re-imagines this tale.
story revolves around Jack (Nicholas Hoult) who unwittingly creates a
link between the realm of man and the land of giants. Those familiar
with the original story will be pleased to know that Jack is indeed
given some magic beans which is regrettably releases during a violent
As a result, a giant beanstalk grows to
the heavens and we all know what's waiting at the top... GIANTS!
Unfortunately to compound the situation, this giant stalk has taken
Jack's cottage and along with it the beautiful Princess Isabelle
(Eleanor Tomlinson) to the heavens.
was the Princess there? She ran away from the Castle as she does not
want to marry Roderick (Stanley Tucci) who wants to become king... of
as Jack is responsible for this disaster he volunteers to ride with
Roderick and Elmot (Ewan McGregor) plus some of the other's King's Men
to rescue the damsel in distress.
But when they arrive at the end of the
beanstalk, they soon discover that this land is overridden with Giants
who despise mankind and from here, the action goes up several levels of
intensity. However like all good Hollywood Blockbusters, the film ensure
that all the right tick boxes are ticked that include brilliant special
effects, action, romance and even comedy.
Jack the Giant Slayer is also directed by Bryan Singer who lends his
professional directing abilities to this film which does create this
rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Even though some of the
characters are 2D (some of the Giants have more personality), there is
still something enjoyable in this, especially newcomer Nicholas Hoult
and of course Ewan McGregor.
Just be warned that the dialogue is more
21st century than medieval times and surprisingly one of the giants even
lets out the F-bomb (almost) when he dies. A special mention should be
made to the giants who although look a tad cartoonish, look quite real
for the majority of the film and their CGI creations interact quite well
with the real actors.
Video, Audio & Special Features
a movie costing over $200 million dollars, the video looks spectacular
on Blu-ray with super sharp images, vibrant colours and deep blacks.
Audio is equally impressive with DTS-HS Master Audio. Special features
include a fun interactive "become a giant slayer" experience (great for
kids), deleted scenes and a very funny gag reel. The non 3D version of
the Blu-ray also comes with the DVD version of the movie plus the
ultraviolet copy. All in all, it's a nice touch to a rather entertaining
you're looking for a fun action adventure of the Sword & Sorcery genre
than look no further. Jack the Giant Slayer once again ticks all the
right boxes from its outlandish dialogue, over the top action scenes and
good old fashion Hollywood story telling that successfully re-imagines
another children's fairytale.
Check it out!