When I went to see 'Jack the Giant Slayer' at the cinema, I admit that I wasn't expecting much. I thought that a few laughs would be guaranteed, but ultimately it would be of the biggest interest to young children (perhaps I should have looked at the '12' certificate first). Yet, I enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish and found myself captivated by the story.
All the elements of an epic fairy tale adventure can be found here, excitement in high quantities, as well as a generous helping of danger, chivalry, heroism and romance. We are familiar with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and this film follows on from that traditional tale, but also manages to add a little extra and some originality to it. It was a fun visual experience as well, the graphics are amazing and those giants on the screen look so real (they were all animated, but they could fool many people).
The cast has a string of well known British actors which supported the quality of the film, Ewan McGregor was my favourite, bringing a effortlessly confident performance as the plum role of Elmont, the head of the King's Guardians.
I recommend that you buy 'Jack The Giant Slayer' on DVD and watch it with the entire family, you'll be transported into a magical world and will all enjoy your stay. I was admittedly very wrong when I assumed that it was aimed at young children.