Monday, March 11, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer was unfortunately another mediocre film this week. I had such high hopes for this and Oz the Great and Powerful! A revamp of the classic fairy tale about bean stalks and giants, Jack comes up a little...short.

The lore behind it tells the story of monks who wanted to climb to the heavens in search of God. The monks apparently know how to use dark magic and they create the magic beans that lead them to the land of the giants. The giants, however, have their own ideas and they descend to the land of the humans and create all manners of havoc. The only way to stop these vicious giants is to use more magic and create a crown that bends the giants into submission. Anyone who wears this crown can control the giants, and the mighty King Eric sends them back to their home in the clouds and has the bean stalk chopped down.

It's quite the coincidence that both young Jack(Nicolas Hoult) and the princess listen to this story every night before bed as children. Ten years later, they are both thirsting for adventure as inevitably run into each other at a show about the same story they both love so much.

Both attractive, youngsters, want more out of life and find themselves on an incredible journey when Jack spills the beans and a new stalk grows. I won't reveal too much of the story, but I do feel like a few things could have been bette. Poor Stanley Tucci is the villain and he doesn't last too long. But, the awesome Ewan McGregor is the star of this movie for me! He is the captain of the royal guard, but he gets the best lines and most of the action. He is the hero for saving this movie!

All in all, Jack the Giant Slayer isn't horrible. On the contrary, the visuals are acceptable and some of the action is nice. You will be entertained, I just had higher expectations. I suppose I have to wait for the summer, when Iron Man 3 will save the day! Oh, and don't waste your money on 3D for Jack the Giant Slayer.

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