Opening in theatres this Friday from director Bryon Singer and New Line Cinema comes a unique tale provided by JACK AND THE GIANT SLAYER.
This film tells the story of Jack (Nicholas Hoult), a young farmboy who unintentionally opens a doorway between this world and one filled with giants.These giants have ravaged the land and now want to take back land they lost to rekindle an ancient war!
Jack knows he must do whatever it takes to stop this, especial since meeting Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson). Along with Elmont (Ewan McGregor) and the kingdom of fighters, it is man against giant – and time for Jack to become a hero!
FINAL WORD: Hoult as Jack is a commoner and there isn’t much more to be said than that. The story plays out quite easily with beans, stalks, clouds and the hand of a princess. I am not sure though that the fairy tale formula really allows for Hoult to BE Jack but instead follow along an already created Jack.
Tomlinson is solid enough with a story of marriage, capture and rescue by a guy with the heart of a prince. Does it sound like I’m being harsh on the princess? Sorry, was just hoping for so much more.
Oh, that would be McGregor as Elmont! Seriously, I absolutely love McGregor so perhaps I’m willing to give him more leeway here than other characters. From SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN to THE IMPOSSIBLE, his last few roles have been so good I’m throwin him a pass. Plus, in his role of Elmont he is dashing and even a tad humorous.
Other cast include: Stanley Tucci as Roderick, Eddie Marsan as Crawe, Ewen Bremner as Wicke, Christopher Fairbank as Uncle, Ralph Brown as General Entin, Simon Lowe as Monk, Mingus Johnston as Bald, Ian McShane as King Brahmwell and Bill Nighy as Fallon.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give JACK THE GIANT SLAYER three tubs of popcorn out of five. Okay, so its predictable, full of CG and loud – that sells tickets! I am happier with it than HANSEL AND GRETEL and do have to say I wish they’d leave fairy tales alone. Making them ‘hipper’, more violent or ‘retelling to reach a new generation’ is really beginning to bore me.
That being said, it does have its target audience. I’m not sure it will recoup its $190 million dollar price tag right away but Hollywood doesn’t seem to be stopping the making of these types of films either.
So if your looking for a fun time in the theatre with a little mindless fun you could do worse – and keep your kids away from the planting beans!
In the end – prepare for a giant adventure.
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