Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer – there's a giant with two heads

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Jack the Giant Slayer ~ Warner Bros.

Two of my children (ages seven and nine) and I saw an early screening of Jack the Giant Slayer last Monday. My kids and I love this film. As you can tell by the title, the movie is a twist of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. However, Jack the Giant Slayer isn’t really intended for very young children. My seven year old daughter didn’t getting too scared, but she did grab my arm throughout the movie because of the intense scenes. Jack the Giant Slayer (Warner Bros.) opens in theaters today.

The 411 for Jack the Giant Slayer

The story Jack has to rescue a princess from the giants
Appropriateness for children It’s OK for kids, but there are a lot of scenes that might be too intense for very young children
Positives
  • Good chemistry between the two main characters
  • Interesting twists and storyline
  • Fast pace — my kids never got bored
Negative
  • It’s based on a fairly tale, but probably too intense for pre-schoolers
Release date March 1, 2013
Rating Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language
Runtime 114 minutes
Genre Adventure, fantasy

Another fairy tale reboot
Thanks to the popularity of Grimm and Once Upon a Time, you can expect to see more reboots of classic fairy tales. Last year we had Snow White and the Huntsman. [Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was released last year too, but Abe Lincoln and vampires are not fairy tale characters.] Earlier this year, we had Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Now we have Jack the Giant Slayer. In this reboot of Jack and the Beanstalk, a monk gives Jack some magical beans. One of the beans eventually grows into a giant beanstalk that takes a princess up to the land of the human-eating giants. Jack is smitten with the princess, so he volunteers to climb the beanstalk and find her even though he’s just a poor farmer boy.

There’s more than one giant
The movie is almost two hours long, but the story moves very quickly. There is some character development, some light humor, and a lot of giants. The giants are not just bigger version of the people who live below. The giants look like orgres and Frankenstein wantabes, and they act like Klingons (any Star Trek fans out there?). The giants have names like Fee, Fye, Foe, and Fumm. My favorite giant is General Fallon. He’s mean and has two heads.

Two love birds
There is excellent chemistry between the two main characters: Nicholas Hoult (Jack) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Isabelle). I thought they were very believable and could see them falling in love in real life. The film also featured Ewan McGregor (Elmont), Stanley Tucci (Roderick), Eddie Marsan (Crawe), Ewen Bremner (Wicke
Ian McShane (King Brahmwell), Christopher Fairbank (Uncle), Simon Lowe (Monk), Mingus Johnston (Bald), Ralph Brown (General Entin), Joy McBrinn (Old Maid), Chris Brailsford (Blacksmith), Warwick Davis (Old Hamm), and Craig Salisbury (Panto Erik the Great). Jack the Giant Slayer was directed by Bryan Singer.

3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer – there's a giant with two heads

  1. Seems movie producers have run out of original ideas.. Many are taking this route of turning children’s stories into blockbuster adventure films. You should do a review on that Hansel and Gretel movie.. the one with Jeremy Renner.. because I hear it was awful lol.

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