Jack the Giant Slayer Movie Reviews

Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer

Release Date: Mar 01, 2013

Genre: SciFi/FantasyAction/Adventure

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 3
    I was a little surprised by this movie, pleasantly surprised. I expected very little of this version of the fairy tale read in pre-school. Instead, the special effects were pretty good, without vast amounts of blood splashed everywhere. The acting was very good by the principals, and the wistfulness was in the right spots. The love story lost itself in there somewhere, so the ending was a tiny bit predictable, but acceptable.

    Certainly worth seeing, but was, like most movies now, about a half hour too long.
  • 3
    I thought the film was alright, it was a bit uneven and I wish it was more consistent. It is definitely visually superb film and I thought that the story was good and unique in a way and some of the scenes worked extremely well, however other scenes did not and the unevenness of the film was a tad tiring. I liked the tone of the film, it was clever and romantic without being snarky or gooey. I also thought that the lead actors did a great job and the supporting actors definitely helped them to shine. Overall, the film was a bit underwhelming but I think the film is amazing visually and it has a good tone, therefore I recommend seeing it in the theaters.
  • 4
    I have to say that I did not expect to like this film, my friend really wanted to see it because she is way into all of those fantasy films like Lord of the rings and harry Potter, however i am not a fan of those films but I still liked this one. First of all, the film was spectacular visually, the world that was created definitely impressed me and entertained me, I think this film will definitely be nominated for best special effects or at least it should be. I thought the story was interesting and the cast was great and overall the film was very entertaining and definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
  • 4
    Like my kids, I really like fairy tales so this was one I definitely had on my must-watch list. I also have a soft spot for Nicholas Hoult ever since I first saw him as the adorable little boy opposite Hugh Grant in the classic "About A Boy". I wish that all child actors grew up to be as successful and handsome and talented as he is...but I digress, ha! This movie was a treat for the whole family and I would even recommend it to anyone who has kids aged 10 and older. Some of the scenes are kind of scary, but it isn't any more violent than Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" which I thought was pretty family friendly. On the whole, my kids enjoyed the movie and I enjoyed it alongside them as well. I would go back and may even venture to see it in 3D as they have been begging me for a good while now. The CGI is terriffic and eye popping. I would recommend it to anyone who loves the movies.
  • 4
    Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Poor farmboy trades in his last valuable possession (a cow, in most retellings) for a handful of magic beans. He is chastised by his family for the stupidity of his trade until he plants the beans, a magic beanstalk grows into the sky, and there he meets a vicious giant who smells his blood and wants to eat him. You know the ending.

    The story has been reimagined with mainstream Hollywood gusto as Jack and the Giant Slayer, featuring Nicholas Hoult as the eponymous hero (Hoult seems to be everywhere these days). Since it is a Hollywood action fantasy, it is heavy on the spectacle and a little light on story, which means that it seems to want to be like Snow White and the Huntsman or the recent godawful reimagining of Hansel and Gretel.

    Still, it’s pretty darn fun once you forgive all the escapism, which may be easier to do if you’re a fan of fantasy and action hybrids (which I admittedly am). The story tells of Jack the poor farmhand who accidentally stumbles into an alternate world where giants have been at war for ages and the presence of a human reignites their ferocious bloodlust. The supporting players (Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson) all play together well enough opposite Hoult as their standard issue royal parts, but it is Ewan McGregor as the King’s loyal knight who steals the show with a wistful and courageous performance. One of the better popcorn flicks of late, to be sure.

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