Nicholas Hoult in a scene from the movie Jack The Giant Slayer, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Nicholas Hoult in a scene from the movie Jack The Giant Slayer, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

Movie review: Jack The Giant Slayer

ONCE upon a time, not too long ago, Hollywood decided that fairy tales would make the ideal source material for the next trend of big-budget action films full of heroic, attractive young people and given a serving of the 'ol 3D razzle dazzle.

Like its fairy tale turned blockbuster predecessors, Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz The Great and Powerful and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jack The Giant Slayer injects the classic kids tale with shot of steroids.

It's a rollicking, big scale 3D adventure in which Jack follows the beautiful princess up a magic beanstalk in order to save her and the kingdom from the giants who live just beyond the clouds.

It's a classic hero adventure flick and the reinterpretation of the source material comes up slick and polished nicely like the goose and its golden eggs from the original tale.

Don't expect much in the way of character development but the spirit of adventure is what drives this film and it really hits its stride after the 'false ending' and launches into some beautifully crafted full-scale assault sequences.

Nicolas Hoult as our young hero is a great Jack. Full of cheek, pluck, courage and charisma and he carries the film well.

But where the film falters and fails is in its combination of half live action, half computer animation.

The opening scenes are deliberately dodgy which given the budget the film was made with seems a poor choice and does not bode well for the rest of the film.

The giants strike an uneven tone in terms of animation and for the majority of the film look clumsy, like they have been created with the CGI style of a B-grade action video game.

Against their real actor counterparts it looks awkward and badly blended.

It's not a complete gigantic mess and a bit of fun but if the film lay at the top of a beanstalk it would not be worth the climb.


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Jack The Giant Slayer

  • Stars: Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Rated: M
  • Verdict: Two out of three stars

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