This is a really fun romp. The CGI is never less than wonderful and the quest is epic. The characters are great fun, but I found Ewan McGregor to be the most enjoyable. Nicholas Hoult makes farm boy Jack an accessible hero and we're with him all the way as he climbs the beanstalk to rescue the beautiful princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson). Stanley Tucci and Ewen Bremner do well as a pair of snivelling evil doers but the CGI Giants steal the show and there are loads of them! I can see why some reviewers are being unkind; I think the film fell into the Dragonslayer [DVD
] trap in that despite the colourful costumes and silly hair, the violence was too strong for younger children, heads are bitten off, albeit off camera most of the time, an eye pops out later on and rather like the Dragon in the above mentioned Disney movie, the giants are perhaps a bit too real for younger eyes, there's a bit of swearing too. My teenagers thought it was a blast and to quote them, it's good like Stardust [DVD
] but not great like The Princess Bride [DVD
]. I was inclined to agree.