I moderately enjoyed this one. As a writer of epic fantasy (as well as other things) myself, maybe my expectations were too high, but still. Come on, guys.
It was a light but more or less enjoyable film, with massive flaws. The flaws really hold it back, because it honestly could have been a truly great Saturday afternoon movie, which seems to be what it’s aiming for (like the works of Harryhausen, and I mean that respectfully). If you shaved ten minutes off the beginning and added ten or twenty onto the end, and generally spruced up the writing overall, this really could have been something on the order of Steven Sommer’s “The Mummy” — a great, light adventure movie. The ending really lames it, though. It builds up to this big epic battle between giants and people on the scale of a Lord of the Rings battle (almost), and then, juuuuust as the battle starts, it stops. Talk about cinematic blue balls. I was all set for a rousing battle, but nope. Oh well. I still have a fondness for Bryan Singer, though, and hope he knocks it out of the park next time. (I don’t want HIS career to go the way of Stephen Sommers’s, speaking of the guy!)
By Jason T. Smith
(Hesperia) Fee, Fye, Foe, Fun! Giant fun! That’s what’s in store for you when you check out Warner Bros. latest motion picture “Jack The Giant Slayer”. This is Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures take on the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk which many of us remember hearing as kids. And boy did they hit a home run with this one.
The film puts the unlikely hero, Jack, (played by Nicholas Hoult) up against some pretty nasty giants when he accidentally lets one of the magic beans get wet, thus causing it to instantaneously sprout into a massive beanstalk that towers to the heavens and creates a means of passage for mythical giants to come down to earth and wreak havoc. Now Jack, alongside the brave knight Elmont (Ewan McGregor) must endure perilous dangers as they climb the huge beanstalk to a land only thought…
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