Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Jack-The-Giant-Slayer-jpgStarring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy

Directed by: Bryan Singer

PG-13. 114 mins

A mildly entertaining, though remarkably unnecessary film. The always endearing Nicholas Hoult plays Jack, a young farmhand who accidentally connects the world of giants and men after some mysterious beans grow into a gigantic beanstalk that reaches to the heavens. After reigniting an ancient war, the giants seek to reclaim their land and destroy everyone in their path. Jack and a slew of colourful characters struggle to rally the kingdom and save the beautiful princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) before it’s too late. Created by the Hollywood dream machine as an easy box office return, this 3D fairytale lacks the soulful characters and majestic vision of a true storyteller. The cast is likeable and there’s plenty of rousing action but it’s all so empty, not to mention the tragic visual effects and disappointingly brief uses of 3D. Wavering between pleasing families and fanboys, the film pleases neither audience and feels curiously impersonal despite some charming leads. Singer’s direction fails to harness the full potential of this classic tale, ultimately rendering Jack the Giant Slayer quite fee-fie ho-hum – * 1/2

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