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Plot: The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.
Runtime: 114 mins Release Date: 28 Feb 2013
Nice Storyline and Great Special Effects (by andreitamas)
I really enjoyed the movie. I went into it without many expectations as I was taking my 3 sons to see it ages 5 to 11 . I thought it would be a kid's type of movie yet I found myself captivated by the story.It felt very much like Avatar in my opinion. The theater we went to didn't have the special glasses that Avatar did so the quality wasn't as good but the story was just as enjoyable.While Jack and the Princess acted well, I frankly did not think that neither of them looked good enough. It always makes it tough for me to watch a princess that is frankly not pretty.In my opinion <more>
the movie is worth the cost of watching in the theater in 3D. Exercise your judgment whether a child under 10 years old can handle something that is a little scary. Humans do get eaten up by these giants which is not for the faint of heart.
A Nutshell Review: Jack the Giant Slayer (by DICK STEEL)
Besides comic book movies, it seems that Fairy Tale ones are gaining traction in being reinvented for the big screen, given new twists and updates in characters and motivations, while keeping some core elements in order to retain some legitimacy with its origins. The latest attempt was Hansel and Gretel, which went the uber-violent way, while others such as Red Riding Hood tried to appeal to the Tweens. Then there are those which are swashbuckling action-adventures, which Jack the Giant Slayer belongs to.And comic book movie directors can also find opportunity in this arena, with Bryan <more>
Singer, known to many for his X-Men films and his sole attempt at the Man of Steel, taking up the helm in creating a family friendly tale with its fair share of action and romance. Written by Darren Lemke and David Dobkin, the story draws parallels between the lives of a poor farm boy and a princess, brought up with legendary tales of Kings, Giants, and magical objects, who will have their lives converge when they meet and get involved in exactly the tale they're so familiar with, where Giants rule the land between the heavens and the earth, and are looking for opportunity to come back down again to feast on human flesh.With the tale they grew up with validated, Jack Nicholas Hoult now has to join the rescue party led by the King's knight Elmont Ewan McGregor and the treacherous Roderick Stanley Tucci , the latter harbouring intent to lord over the Giants and usurp the throne of King Brahmwell Ian McShane , to rescue Princess Isabelle Eleanor Tomlinson from the Giants' clutches. Most of the set action pieces happen while en route up the intertwined beanstalks, large and thick, and also in the Giant's domain, which you would already have a glimpsed of from the trailers, mixing some light comedy to thanks to some of the clumsy ways of the big guys, some with grotesque looks and habits.Singer's narrative pace is kept fleet, never wasting much time dwelling over any certain point, with the legend and rules of the game laid out in the prologue, then falling back on the familiar need by Jack to sell his horse through which he got his magic beans, before having to traverse the beanstalk up and down, before finally building up for that large scale attack in the finale, befitting of the genre. Most of us would have been jaded by scale of attacks where armies have to lay siege to a city, and while it may be no different here, things are kept fresh through its surprises in weapons used in this fantasy-medieval period, with again, simplicity being key to the equation, the centerpiece of the action in the final act being one large tug- o-war. Scenes are kept short and sharp rather than lapsing into indulgence, making them seem a lot more intense, keeping that adrenaline pumping.But for something family friendly, Singer and team had to opt for a lot of off-screen violence. There's nothing like the power of suggestion, and if not for a rating to appeal to a wider audience, this could have been a lot more violent. Which is that breath of fresh air given Hollywood's obsession of late to have everything graphically told, with that competition to see who can design on screen violence with the most blood and gore involved. With human- munching Giants, it's suggested, but no less powerful even when it's not explicitly shown. Characterization in the film is kept simple, with most characters being caricatures of the roles they are supposed to play. Ewan McGregor, easily the most recognizable of the lot, has a suave mustache and goatee help in his balance between the comical and the serious. The titular role went to Nicholas Hoult painted blue as X-Men: First Class' Hank McCoy, who proved to be charismatic enough to pull off a role about the farmer boy made good Luke Skywalker anyone? , while Eleanor Tomlinson did enough as the quintessential damsel in distress, which is quite the departure from the recent slew of strong female characters who are able to hold their own against adversary. Supporting roles were quite rote, such as Ian McShane and Bill Nighy as the main CG villain General Fallon, while Stanley Tucci could have benefited more from an extended screen time.Still, Jack the Giant Slayer managed to slay a few sweet spots as far as action-adventure goes, and Singer shows he still has that bit of a touch when it comes to crafting big budgeted spectacles. So Fee Fye Foe Fumm, do make a beeline to watch this, with an epilogue that's extremely cheeky!
Yupp you read that right I Made A Mistake . When this movie was at the theater's I had a chance to see it. However there was a film in which I have waited to see for a long time. I will not mention the other movies name but that movie was a let down. I finally saw Jack The Giant Slayer in my living room and wish I could have given my money to the ones that made such a great movie.We all know the story and this retelling adds clever pieces to the tale. I really enjoyed the fantasy style imagery. The story was accompanied by a cute love story too.The actors all did a good job and though the <more>
CG was sometimes not the right color it all blended well and came together with the great production. I wish I never skipped this one at the theater for real!
So what was everyone expecting with this film to give it such harsh reviews and ratings? We do remember this is a children's bedtime story right? I thought that the movie was great. The giants are a little scary, depending on the child this may not be the movie for them as the giants are somewhat gruesome beasts. All the nerds out there complaining about the CGI and poor quality of the giants, go get a girlfriend, watch some sports and stop being such a geek. Special effects and CGI are fine in this movie, again this is a movie about a fairy tale so imagination should be something needed <more>
for a film about flesh hungry giants that live in the sky. Most of us know the ending to this movie without watching it, but the extra story line added in to extend the movie are entertaining and do not spoil the film or change the classic story we all know. I recommend this movie, but please watch it with an open mind and remember that your watching a film of a child fantasy story. I give this film a 9....more of a 7-8 but I threw it an extra point or two just cause all the dorks who are highly critical of such non sense regarding a film about a kids bed time story ha ha.
A Golden Age-Styled Throwback to the Era of Errol Flynn (by griffolyon12)
If you even have a passing knowledge of the, "Jack and the Beanstalk," fairy tale, then you know the story of Jack the Giant Slayer. Where director Bryan Singer's film finds its footing and stands on its own is that it doesn't try to reimagine the fairy tale as something darker or more twisted, but rather makes the film like a Golden Age Errol Flynn adventure film, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood. Jack the Giant Slayer is a very simple film in that you know who the heroes and the villains are from the first time you see them, it's not looking to overcomplicate the <more>
fairy tale or create surprise. The film utilizes the archetypal characters from the Hero's Journey, just as the original Star Wars did, and from the first moments you see farm boy Jack and princess Isabelle, you know their motivations and you're already in love with them. Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson have very good chemistry as Jack and Isabelle, but the performance I loved the most was Ewan McGregor doing his best Errol Flynn impression as swashbuckler, Elmont the knight. Rounding out the cast is Stanley Tucci as bad guy Roderick, and he's the type of mustache twirling bad guy you remember from all those great adventure flicks of your youth.What really sells this film as a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood, is that the film never takes itself too seriously and always remains lighthearted and adventurous, with jokes even in some of the more serious moments where Singer and company could have made it darker. Then there's the spot on musical score by John Ottman, who channels the best of Old Hollywood's go-to adventure film composer, Max Steiner, with a recurring theme that is memorable and heroic. However, what really separates this film from being like those Errol Flynn swashbucklers, is the sheer scope of the story.A film like this could not have been made in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and I would argue that this film could have not even been made ten years ago, in live action at least. To effectively pull this concept off, the film required tons of special effects to work, and while some of the CGI work isn't always photorealistic and a little cartoonish, all of the giants are created through motion capture performance technology, and without it this film could not have been realized. It's this ginormous scale that makes the film modern and not simply a throwback to a bygone era of movie-making. Though, to assume that Jack the Giant Slayer is so simple that it doesn't actually have anything to say, would also be wrong.The true brilliance of Jack the Giant Slayer is the thematic idea that ties the entire story together of how stories are told, and how stories change over time and become myth or are taken out of context, to where people often forget that something they read in a book actually occurred and is the truth. I found this commentary hitting very close to home. Whether it's history, myth, or a religious tome, many people nowadays seem to not ever think twice about the stories that exist in our society and refuse to believe, and Jack the Giant Slayer has me genuinely thinking about the truths so often ignored in those stories.I give Jack the Giant Slayer a 9 out of 10!
Great fantasy adventure that has it all! (by chrismailat)
Because of the negative reviews out there we almost did not see the movie in the cinema. But are we glad that my wife and I still went to see the movie of Jack the Giant Slayer.We enjoyed the movie very much. It has all the elements that we liked in a fantasy movie. The movie contains great eye candy, like floating worlds just like in Avatar . Humor, action and some romance was just our thing. Two weeks before that we went to see Oz the great and powerful, but to be honest, we preferred the story of Jack more than of Oz. To the people who say that the giants look soulless ..well, we did not <more>
think so. Perhaps for people that don't have enough fantasy to fill in the souls and go with the flow of the movie. I mean it would be almost saying that characters of cartoon movie are soulless too. Also it was very refreshing to see not so popular actors. And a more realistic touch to it. I mean if you would go back in time, you would be surprised to see that princesses aren't that pretty as photo models now a days. And for my taste she looks just perfect in this picture. And the boy is also not a standard photo model. That is why we also like the series of Merlin BBC : Conclusion, don't watch in on DVD ..just go to see it on a big screen! The effects of the giants works best on a big wide screen of course : Have fun watching!
I wasn't blown away by this flick, but I did enjoy it. And I also enjoyed...1. No potty humor 2. No overt sexuality 3. No inappropriate language 4. No seemingly random 3D FX 5. No politically correct messages or characters 6. No strutting egotismIn short, it's not a Follywood movie and you can actually let your kids watch it without worrying too much. There is some violence, but...The script is well written, the acting is better than good, and it moves along at a pretty lively pace. Not a classic, but good. It might have been better a little shorter, but that can be said of most <more>
movies these days.I was surprised to hear so many complaints.
Wow - very cool. A good retelling of an old story without any smarmy adult jokes or insinuations, although I must say some moderately rough visual moments. But nothing my 7 year old couldn't handle. Commoner Hoult finds himself helping out princess Tomlinson on more than one occasion, the most serious being when she's held or chased by giants. Of all the actors McGregor charmed me the most in a calmly confident role as head of the king's Guardians. Hoult and McGregor battle the giants in the clouds and then engage in round two when the giants come to earth. Tucci is good, as <more>
always, in this case playing the villain. The special effects are well done but not overdone as is so often the case nowadays . The story is pretty much told straight, without a lot of fluff, although the running time of about two hours was probably more than it needed to be. Somewhat derivative but very enjoyable nonetheless, it's recommended.
A Great Family Entertainment (by claudio_carvalho)
In the kingdom of Cloister, in Albion, there is a legend about giants that came from the realm of Gantua, between Earth and Heaven, using a large beam stalk and were defeated by King Eric that was wearing a magic crown. The eighteen year-old day-dreamer farmer Jack Nicholas Hoult has been fascinated by this tale since he was a boy. When he goes to the market to sell his uncle's horse and cart to buy material to repair the farmhouse roof, he defends the honor of Princess Isabelle Eleanor Tomlinson , who is also fan of the legend and is secretly in town, and Jack has a crush on her. Then <more>
he stumbles with a monk that has stolen magic beams from the evil Roderick Stanley Tucci , who is engaged with Isabelle, and he offers the beams to Jack to have his horse and escape from the soldiers that are chasing him. When Jack shows the beams to his uncle, he throws them on the floor, angry with the naivety of his nephew. Meanwhile Isabelle flees from the castle to have her own adventure but she finds a storm and seeks shelter coincidently at Jack's farmhouse. But one of the beams is watered and a huge beam stalk grows, taking Jack's house with the princess trapped inside. When King Brahmwell Ian McShane arrives in Jack's land with his knights, he sends a team of the princess's guardians to seek out Isabelle. Jack volunteers to go with them, led by the knights Elmont Ewan McGregor , Crawe Eddie Marsan and Bald Mingus Johnston . Roderick and his right-arm Wicke Ewen Bremner cut the rope and most of the knights falls from the sky and dies. Soon they find the land of Gantua and learn that the giants are not legend. Will they succeed to rescue Princess Isabelle? And what are the evil intentions of Roderick and Wicke? "Jack the Giant Slayer" is a great family entertainment with a funny and full of action story. The special effects are top-notch and as usual, professional critics, pretentious intellectuals and imbeciles do not like this type of movie, but they insist on watching it to write bad reviews. Bryan Singer again makes a great movie and the only but would be Nicholas Hoult in the role of an eighteen year-old teenager. The character could be a little older in the story. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Jack - O Caçador de Gigantes" "Jack – The Giants Hunter"