Flash Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

It can be a word or a phrase I hear and I immediately get flooded with memories from a long time ago. Hearing “Just a spoonful of sugar…” and I see myself sitting in an ornate downtown theater with my mother, aunt and cousins watching Mary Poppins on the big screen. Afterwards, we walked across the street to a department store where my cousins and I were each able to pick out one toy to buy. When I hear “I’ll get you my pretty” I can picture my aunt’s house where everyone was gathered; with all the kids in the basement sitting on the floor, in front of the television watching a special presentation of The Wizard of Oz. As soon as I heard Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum in this adventure movie; I was swept up into a mixture of childhood memories with storybook characters coming to life. Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, About A Boy) played Jack, the boy who went to town to sell a horse and received magic beans for payment. Except in this updated version there were a few twists to the story. When Princess Isabelle, played by Eleanor Tomlinson (The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland) was caught and lifted away in the growing beanstalk to the land of the giants; her father King Brahmwell, played by Ian McShane (Deadwood-TV, Snow White and the Huntsman), dispatched a rescue party to save her. Leading the party were Isabelle’s fiancee Roderick and guardsman Elmont, played by Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, Margin Call) and Ewan McGregor (The Impossible, Big Fish). Director Bryan Singer (X-Men franchise, The Usual Suspects) did a perfect balance between story and wonderful special effects. I enjoyed the almost cartoonish quality to the characters of Ewan and Stanley as they had to endure a more physical type of role. Surprisingly, the two leads Nicholas and Eleanor were just okay compared to the other actors. This was a fun movie, that was easy to watch with consistent pacing. It may not have had many surprises, but how could it really when one has grown up with the fantasy story.


2 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 3, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Thanks going to go see it now.

  2. Interested! Remember this one well in my Fairy Tales Treasury from childhood!

  3. The actors that are in the films are some that I really enjoy watching. I wasn’t very motivated to see this one by the trailers but I have been hearing some good things about it. I might have to check it out. Thanks for the review! – Kat

  4. Hmm you give it a marginal recommendation. My friend and I liked it a lot more giving it 4 Stars on my blog. I thought it had a solid story. What I really enjoy about reading your reviews regardless if we agree on rating is how you weave your life into the reviews introduction. Makes it like a sit down over coffee and a chat. Classy, friendly.

  5. I love that feeling of being a child again. I have so many fond and funny memories.

  6. I agree with Wordschat’s comment. How great to intersperse a movie review with childhood memories. I love a good fantasy and being able to escape for a couple of hours revisiting the carefree times of childhood is priceless. My family and I are planning to watch it during Spring Break.

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