Written June 27, 2016
Ever since I saw the original trailer for this movie, I was concerned that the story of Jack and the Beanstalk was far too simple to turn into a full length movie. At the same time, I was intrigued.
I am relieved to say that Jack the Giant Slayer did not fail to entertain. I'm most impressed with the cohesiveness of its plot. While not a masterpiece, this movie presents a fully fleshed out story with minimal loose ends and a direct tie to the fairytale we all know.
The settings and costumes were well designed. A lot of attention was paid to the beautiful visuals. The dialogue was not overly simple, and the story wasn't completely linear.
While not horrible, the CGI definitely is not up to the standard of today. The giants never appear realistic. The movie does have its cheesy moments, but all in all a solid effort worth watching.
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Written February 16, 2017
This movie is based on the fairy tale [Jack and the Beanstalk] but it comes with some twists . It's directed by Bryan Singer [The X-Men movies , Superman Returns] . Nicholas plays Jack , who obtains the magic beans and has to climb the resulting beanstalk to save Eleanor , a princess [the only problem is that there are carnivorous giants living at the top of the beanstalk] . Ewan plays the head of the king's men and Stanley is an adviser to the king , who both accompany Nicholas on his quest .
This is really more of a history of how this fairy tale came into being . The special effects are good and it is being shown in 2D , 3D and 3D IMAX .
It's rated "PG-13" for violence , frightening images [there are scenes of the giants eating people so I would not take any little kids] and language and has a running time of 1 hour & 54 minutes .
I enjoyed it and I would buy it on Blu-Ray .
Written May 02, 2016
Have no problem recommending this movie. The story was well told and the acting was good.
Giants were believeable and the story kept you on the edge of your seat; especially, when you thought it was ending -- prematurely. Enjoyable family picture for any range of ages.
Written January 24, 2017
Very good movie to see in 3D, Gaints were great and evry thing else to with it,better than the book way back then when I was a kid
Written February 25, 2017
I thought that it was fun with some unexpected action. I shut my eyes for the Giant gross stuff.. mainly the kitchen giant. I just didn't want those images in my mind. I really like the leads in this movie. I had already seen Warm Bodies so I liked Nicholas Hoult already, but I really like Ewan McGregor & Ian McShane. I enjoyed it and Im glad that I saw it on the big screen. I wouldn't buy a ticket to the 3-D or the Mammoth screen. This movie doesn't need it. I think you would loose some intensity that this movie gives off if you just watch it on DVD... unless you have a theater room. There is some crazy camera aerials at the beginning. I felt like it was like soarin over california at the Disney Theme park but faster. Overall, I thought it was an entertaining movie and very visual.