LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic, Jonathan Nettles on Brian Singer's latest film Jack the Giant Slayer.
Jack the Giant Slayer is a different take on the classic fable Jack and the Beanstalk. It starts off with the tale of monks using dark magic to create magic beans that would grow to giant stalks in the hopes of reaching heaven, what they found instead was a hell between heaven and Earth where the giants dwelled. The giants came to Earth with a thirst for man-flesh and the monks used their dark magic again to create a crown allowing the wearer to control the giants. Using the crown, the giants were sent back up the beanstalk and the stalks were chopped down and the reaming beans and crown were hidden and the giants looking down and vowing revenge.
Nicolas Hoult plays the title character Jack, a young farm boy who happens upon the beans and when the defiant Princess Isabelle winds up at his doorstep, he mistakenly unleashes the power of the beans sending Isabelle (and his house) to the land of the giants. As he is in love with Isabelle, Jack volunteers to join a rescue mission led by Elmont, guardian of the kingdom, played by Ewan McGregor. Also joining the party is the sinister and arranged husband of Isabelle, Roderick, played by Stanley Tucci. Roderick has his own plans for the giants, along with a mysterious object in his satchel. From there, the adventure begins...
Jack the Giant Slayer was as easy to watch as it was fun. There was nothing ridiculous about the story (that didn't fit within the context of it). When you consider the simplicity of the story, I was very surprised by how much I actually enjoyed watching it. It was a fun movie. Take the kids.
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