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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 August 2013
One of the latest new trends in Hollywood is to take age old fairy tales and turn them into big blustering blockbusters. So far the results have been a little lacklustre. Alice in Wonderland was a hollow, boring example of lazy filmaking and the recent Hanzel and Gretel also hasnt done much to pursuade the general public that all of this is a good idea.

So it is with some pleasure and a little surprise that Jack The Giant Slayer is actually good! Okay, so not a classic by any means and if you want a little brain with your brawn you are definately in the wrong place, but for a bit of fun for a couple of hours you could do a lot worse.

We all know the story of Jack and The Beanstalk so there is no point re-treading old ground. This version takes things a step further by adding a whole array of giants and getting them into a war with the human world.

When Jack's house is lifted into the sky by the fast growing weed taking the kingdom's princess with it, he springs into action. Or, more accurately, climbs into action. He and a bunch of hapless knights head into the clouds to find themselves at the mercy of the giants.

The giants have been waiting a long time for their chance to enter the human world again, so they waste no time in waging war.

The giants themselves are rendered well and given some nice personality traits. If anything it would have been good to spend a little more time with them on their turf, but this film is not about to waste time on bulding character and worlds.

Generally the action is good but a bit more would have been welcome. The final battle starts off great and watching the giants tear apart an army and lay siege on the castle is great fun, but it ends rather suddenly. Just as it feels like it is going to get even bigger it stops, almost as if the money dried up!

Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor are good for the money and seem to be having fun with this. However this is firmly all about the giants and they steal the show. Whilst the film is fun it just felt like there could have been more of everything. If ever a film was screaming for some sort of sequel this woud be it. It would be good to venture back into the giants domain and explore their world a litle further.

For a bit of light fun, this really does the job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2014
this is a most watchable family film, although quite mercilessly gruesome in places, but I can't help thinking that without Ewan McGregor, i might not have enjoyed it so much. Simple plot, simple tale, excellent scenery and the Giants are superb, but there's not much a director can do with a well known story where we already know the outcome. For this to work, we are reliant on brilliant acting, clever lines and likeable characters, which of course is exactly what you get from Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy and a few others, but I'm not sure all of the characters worked for me, so it lacked something that Snow White and the Huntsman positively achieved. I thought Nicholas Hoult was a little wooden as Jack and I was hoping the princess might change her mind and fall in love with Mr McGregor to be honest. However, it's a good ol' yarn for a Sunday afternoon and can't say fairer than that.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 10 April 2013
Not one of director Bryan Singer's best films and after a somewhat slow start, Jack The Giant Slayer does turn into a fun family fantasy adventure film with a good cast and impressive effects. The plot is basically the classic fairy tale Jack And The Beanstalk with farm boy Jack trading in a horse for some magic beans which ends up becoming a giant beanstalk after a thunderstorm and Jack climbs up the beanstalk along with a group of knights to rescue a princess and ends up fighting an army of giants. The film is basically a panto on the big screen. The mostly British cast are all good and hamming it up for all its worth and having fun. Nicholas Hoult is good as Jack though it's Ewan Mcgregor who gives the best performance as a knight and Stanley Tucci chews the scenery as a villain you want to boo at and Ian Mcshane is good as the king. The giants look very impressive on screen lead by Bill Nighy and while it might be a bit scary for young children it is a fun film the whole family can enjoy.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
I liked this film and together with my 12 years old daughter we spend a nice moment watching it. It is however definitely not recommended to little children, like 11 and younger. This review contains limited SPOILERS.

This retelling of old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is pretty well done, with many key ingredients of fairy tales well in place. There is a brave and clever farm boy (Jack), a cute and quite likeable damsel in distress, a noble king, his brave knights, a vilainous treacherous scoundrel, powerful magic items, a really REALLY BAD alpha (and beta) giant and a whole batallion of other giants, almost as dangerous as their two-headed leader.

Past the first 10 minutes, the film is rather quick paced and visually it is very pleasant: the sky domain of giants, the giant beanstalks and the mighty royal fortress are really impressive. The desperate fight of royal army against the giants besieging the great royal castle is a particularly well done thing - I certainly appreciated that both humans and giants fight in a rather logical way and human army is definitely not a push-over...

The best character in the film and a scene stealer is Elmont, a sarcastic noble knight commanding royal guard, played very VERY convincingly by Ewan McGregor who seizes this occasion to remind the public, that he once played Obi-wan Kenobi and that after all he killed Darth Maul and General Grievous and defeated and mutilated Darth Vader... Frankly, I almost expected Elmont to finally use his light-saber and I was very surprised when he didn't...

Stanley Tucci who plays the main villain Roderick is another scene stealer, with his quasi Monty Pythonesque style - it is clear he had tons of fun playing in this film. Ewan Bremer, who plays his slightly deranged murderous sidekick Wicke, is another delight to watch.

Compared to those three characters and to all the gallery of giants, both Jack and the Princess seem a little pale - this is the reason I give this film only four stars instead of five.

Children younger than 11 can find this film TOO SCARY, as there are numerous scenes when giants EAT PEOPLE - and even if there is no gore and everything is shown fast and from some distance, the scenes are explicit enough to leave no doubt that a character had just his head and shoulders ripped of the rest of his body and swallowed by a enormous, ugly, very strong, very fast and very agressive monster.

But bottom line, I liked this film and I spend a good moment watching it - and I think I will buy the DVD when it is available. Although not a masterpiece, this is a nice, easy, visually very impressive film.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The film has two halves. The first half builds character as it effectively draws parallels between Jack (Nicholas Hoult) and the Princess (Eleanor Tomlinson). It becomes a classic rescue tale. The second half is more akin to a fight scene from LOTR.

The giants are based on the legend of the Titans. Our characters are very stock and the dialouge was dry. The princess who is supposed to be some independent fighter speaks poetically and is lifeless...Kristen Stewart could have done better. The giants reminded me of Orcs and at times they were rather disgusting.

I wonder who this film was for? For adults the plot is rather simple. I can't imagine the background of Giants who eat people and drop the F-bomb (two headed giant near the end) as being suitable for children. PG-13 indicates that is the appeal factor: Tweens and young teens who would indeed rate it 5 stars.

This production is riding the coattails of the successful fairy tale productions that preceded it. It doesn't have a good script. It lacks crisp dialouge. It doesn't have the star appeal. It is for the younger generation who only care about the CG effects for which I will give it 3 stars.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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on 26 January 2014
I went to see this in 3D with my son, who worked on the film for around three weeks, only to find he had been edited. I then bought the DVD because of his credit. The story is based around the fable with enhancement by CGI. I did not think the 3D was that good and in some sequences the CGI is a bit 'iffy'. Not a bad film as my grandchildren really enjoyed it. It's worth a look if you haven't seen it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2015
Great film based around Jack and the beanstalk. Superb special effects and good acting / story line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2015
Excellent..amazing Cinematography. Awesome and gripping. As a big kid..I give it ten of ten!!
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on 28 July 2014
A great adaptation of the "Jack and the beanstalk" story. Good use of 3D, although no "pop outs", well produced , most enjoyable to watch. Having enjoyed the DVD version of the movie, I decided to invest in the 3D BluRay version and was not disappointed. Deserves more than 5 stars, thoroughly recommended!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2013
Jack the Giant Slayer is based on a classic fairy-tale: Jack and the Beanstalks. There is a strong British cast. Jack the Giant Slayer is an enjoyable fantasy film. Young viewers under age of 12 will find some of the scenes frightening. There are moderate levels of fantasy violence. It is an amazing cinematic experience for bringing to life a classical fairy-tale to the big screen. It works really well in 3D, as you feel part of the story. I applaud the idea. It is not like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, where there is continuation.

The plot is about a young farm lad Jack. He becomes fascinated with a story about a king who defeated an army of invading giants. The film moves forward 10 years later. Jack falls in love with a beautiful princess Isabelle.He defends her from a group of thugs. Will romance blossom between the two? King has other ideas for the princess. Jack has to learn to take responsibility by supporting his uncle's farm. In exchange for a horse, he has been offered magic beans . The items are valuable and unravel an old story, which appeared to be buried, but comes back to haunt the kingdom. Isabelle goes missing all of a sudden.She is separated from Jack whilst a sinister event occurs at Jack's house. King Brahwell orders a search mission to locate the princess with the aid of Elemont leading the mission. Jack agrees to volunteer despite his fear of heights. The search mission is dangerous. It is a mammoth climb and big creatures roam the place. Does Isabelle safely return home? What are the threats facing the kingdom? The film is bursting with excitement, action and edge of the seat moments.

The cinemagraphy is excellent. It recreates the scenery you would expect in a fantasy film, with some amazing CGI animation and stunning landscapes. The costumes are amazing. It is absolutely breath-taking. The story about the kingdom and old myths are interesting and fascinating to learn about.I feel the critics harshly judged the film. Overall, I enjoyed the film. I would recommend to watch the film if you are really into fantasy films.
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