“Jack the Giant Slayer” (Review)

Jack the Giant SlayerNicholas Hoult (Jack), Eleanor Tomlinson (Isabelle), Ewan McGregor (Elmont), Stanley Tucci (Roderick), Bryan Singer (Director). PG-13

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.

Sifu Keith Mosher

About Sifu Keith Mosher

My new book, "Astro Boy, Sensei, and Me" is available now, as is my Sci-Fi joy ride, "On a Sphere's Edge". I have a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from USC. I have been an Audio Producer / Engineer, a Law Office Manager, and I am currently an Author and a Martial Arts Instructor.
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