There seems to be a string of Children / Fairy Tale movie translations. So far, I rather enjoy them. “Jack the Giant Slayer” is a wonderful retelling and fleshing out of the “Jack and the Bean Stalk” tale. Even a bit more than a retelling, it creates a history that our current rhyme grows out of.
This movie is more of a kids film than an adult movie, but that does not mean an adult cannot enjoy it. I did. It has its weak, kid oriented moments, but they do not really detract or distract. This would make a great family film night. There are some wonderful twists and turns that make up for a few meager spots.
The actors do a fine job, though I could have done with a little less mugging by Hoult, but I am guessing that was a director’s choice to please the young girls in the audience. The direction is good, but I would not call it outstanding. The soundtrack supports the movie, though there seem to be hints of “The Lord of the Rings.”
All and all, worth the ticket.