From director Bryan Singer and the latest in a series of fairy tale retellings, Jack the Giant Slayer follows the story of a Jack (Nicholas Hoult), a young farmhand who volunteers to fight for his kingdom, to ultimately win the love of a princess (Eleanor Tomlinson), after he mistakenly opens a gateway between his world and the world of the fearsome giants, reigniting an ancient war. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, Jack is faced with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend, as they strive to reclaim the land they once lost.
With a film like Jack The Giant Slayer, you have to get your expectations right before going in to see it. Fortunately, I wanted nothing more than a light-hearted little adventure, so therefore I wasn’t left too disappointed. Many viewers feel differently, however, and that’s because Jack The Giant Slayer doesn’t go any further to be a family film.
Jack And The Beanstalk is a story that we all know. Whilst the film doesn’t add anything new to the classic childhood story, it is creative and exciting. Slightly uneven in places, not quite marking down its tone, Jack the Giant Slayer is still the adventure it promised, even if it isn’t quite as epic as we hoped it might have been.
Nicholas Hoult leads the film well enough, surprisingly suiting the role of Jack quite well. Although he obviously has a long way to go in regards to leading a feature film, he and Eleanor Tomlinson make an enjoyable couple to follow. Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci are very comical, too, and make for a fun supporting cast.
Jack The Giant Slayer was released on DVD on 22nd July.
Good review Charlie. It’s a very fun movie, even if you feel like many involved should be doing something a lot better.