This has got to be a growing trend, fairy tale movies being re-told in a more gritty and dark manner. We’ve had a few last year and a flashier one earlier this year so let’s see how Jack and the beanstalk fares. Perhaps not quite as simple as the story book fairy tale but it sure promises to be one heck of a ride.
An alternate storyline to Jack and the beanstalk, this story is about an ancient war between man-eating giants and men which restarts when a young farmhand, Jack, unknowingly opens a passage between the land of men and the land of giants.
The giants seeking revenge for being sealed away, unleashes their terror on the land; forcing Jack to battle not only to save a kingdom and its people but for the love of a princess as well.
Aimed at the younger generation, with the lack of all the sexuality from the other alternate fairy tale movie Hansel and Gretel, Jack the Giant Slayer has a pretty straight forward plot, princess set to marry bad guy noble, princess gets into trouble, boy saves princess, bad guy noble gets defeated and boy saves the day. However, a few unconventional twists (though still somewhat predictable) aid the film in entertaining.
Upcoming stars, Nicholas Hoult (Beast from X-Men: First Class), plays Jack mirroring Eleanor Tomlinson who plays the princess Isabelle. Bill Nighy and John Kassir stole the show for me, lending their distinctive voices to the big bad giant, General Fallon and his 2nd head.
The film also has its fair share of epic-ness, with wide angle visuals of the majestic land of the giants hinting of a slight LOTR feel, and a good soundtrack to match. The banter between Jack and Elmont (Ewan “Obi-wan” McGregor) as well as the literal puns on English idioms and phrases throughout the film services as comedic entertainment amidst all the action.
Having said that, this is a “leave your brains at the door and just enjoy the adventure” film for the young and the young at heart. This movie is worth the watch if you have the time.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Watch out for my favorite scene when Stanley Tucci’s Roderick fakes a soldier to his death with lousy acting. (Oh how difficult it is to act like you’re a lousy actor…)
By Nicholas Kwan
Jack The Giant Slayer opens in cinemas 28 Feb
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