When we received passes to see Jack the Giant Slayer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew what it was about, but I wasn’t sure how close it would follow the fairy tale I knew as a kid, or how it would translate into a Major Motion Picture. But once my 3D glasses were on and the film began, I was immediately taken back in time, to when human and giants were at war. Or are those stories just legends?
Just like the Fairy Tale, Jack obtains some magical beans. But this time, when one of them accidentally falls to the ground and begins to grow, the beanstalk takes away his home, and his town’s princess who stumbled upon his home in the middle of the night. Now he must join the King’s army to climb the beanstalk and retrieve the princess.
The visuals in Jack the Giant Slayer were amazing. While in 3D, I had a hard time telling what was real and what was computer generated. The Giants had so much life they fit in well as they interacted with the real actors throughout the film. Speaking of the actors, another strong point of the film is the cast. Leads Nicholas Hoult (Jack) and Ewan McGregor (Elmont) work incredibly well together. Stanley Tucci, who plays the evil prince looking to take over the kingdom, was also amazing. From the moment he appeared on screen you knew you were meant to hate him. I loved that. Having an immediate distaste for his character was great. I will say, some of these actors were put through a lot. For the first half of the movie, Jack spends a lot of time getting wet. He is running in the rain, he’s climbing a beanstalk in the rain, he’s hiding from a giant by laying underwater. The guy spends a lot of time in water. When it comes to filming those scenes, Hoult must have spent days soaking wet. I guess Hollywood could consider him an excellent candidate if they ever wanted to remake The Poseiden Adventure.
From beginning to end, Jack the Giant Slayer is packed with fun and excitement. One of my favorite parts of the film was when you thought the movie was ending. It looks like it’s going to be well, but in fact, things are just getting started.
Today, we are seeing more and more movies in 3D. Unfortunately in some cases, movies do this, just so they can use the gimmick of having things come at you. To me the movie only did this on one occasion; when a giant gets really close to the camera, so all the audience sees is the dilation of his pupil. Don’t get me wrong the effect made many people jump, but it wasn’t necessary. This was only really done to take advantage of the 3D technology. Throughout the rest of the movie, the 3D fits. From the beanstalk growing and reaching for the clouds, to the countless number of trees the giants throw towards the humans. The film is packed with action that doesn’t stop until the final scenes.
It is a shame that this movie is rated PG-13. While I think some younger kids could handle it, my guess is the movie got the PG-13 rating for some of the on screen violence. While there is no blood, and most of the deaths occur off camera, there are some instances where you see stabbings and attacks.
I had a slight issue with the lead Giant, Fallon. This giant features two heads. One was fully developed, while the second head was much smaller, couldn’t exactly talk well and had odd facial expressions. I can’t really see while they chose to do it like this. My guess is to have one main head and the other just secondary, but the second head, to me, was uncalled for. It was almost like it was making fun of a disability. But that could be just me.
You probably thought Fee, Fye, Foe, and Fumm were just sounds the giants make. Nope, not in this film. They are names of some of Fallon’s right hand giants.