Jack the Giant Slayer


Jack the Giant Slayer

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It's enthusiastically acted and reasonably fun, but Jack the Giant Slayer is also overwhelmed by digital effects and a bland, impersonal story.



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"Jack the Giant Slayer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend-and gets the chance to become a legend himself.-- (C) Warner Bros

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Stanley Tucci
as Roderick
Ian McShane
as King Brahmwell
Ralph Brown
as General Entin
Joy McBrinn
as Old Maid
Chris Brailsford
as Blacksmith
Warwick Davis
as Old Hamm
Craig Salisbury
as Panto Erik the Great
Peter Bonner
as Panto Monk
Lee Whitlock
as Small Drunk
Jody Halse
as Fat Drunk
Richard M. Dixon
as King's Artiste
Christopher Drake
as Young Guardian
Bill Nighy
as General Fallon
John Kassir
as General Fallon's Small HEad
Philip Philmar
as Cook Giant
Peter Elliott
as Sentry/Bugler Giant
Don McCorkindale
as Tongue Giant
Tayler Marshall
as 1st Child
Amber Vertannes
as 2nd Child
Alex MacQueen
as Tour Guide
Hattie Gotobed
as Little Girl
Steve Williams
as Master of Secrets
John Lebar
as Panto Giant 1
Phill Martin
as Panto Giant 2
Steve Haze
as Panto Musician
Tim Foley
as Jack's Father
Sydney Rawson
as Young Isabelle
Byron Coll
as Soldier
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  • Jul 17, 2016
    It's a very stupid film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2015
    Stop me if you've heard this one before. When Jack(Nicholas Hoult) goes to market to try and sell his horse and cart, he returns with only beans which angers his uncle(Christopher Fairbank) no end. So much so, that he decides to talk all the way to town to sell what he can, in order to have something to eat. And it might have ended there if Princess Isabelle(Eleanor Tomlinson) had not chosen that night to realize that she has no future in cross dressing and shows up unannounced on Jack's doorstep. That's when the beanstalk grows to a fantastic height, leaving her stranded at the top. So, King Brahmwell(Ian McShane) sends his best men up there, a mission for which Jack also volunteers. Surprisingly at this late date and irony, "Jack the Giant Slayer" is an adaptation of the venerable fairy tale to the big screen with little new material or much in the way of inspiration. For example, there is a princess who seeks to be liberated but also in need of rescue. At the same time, the movie has more than its fair share of scares and white knuckle moments while building anticipation for the giants nicely. And while Ian Mcshane is sufficiently regal, Nicholas Hoult is the best thing in the movie. But you knew that already.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2014
    Prepare for a giant adventure. Good Fun Movie! "Jack The Giant Slayer" will reasonably divide critics and audiences, but if I had kids, I would have no problem taking them to see this. It's a fun little adventure that kids and open-minded adults will get a kick out of. It was refreshing to find a non ironic, non meta straightforward telling of this story, with some elements of charm and humor. The script is well written, the acting is better than good, and it moves along at a pretty lively pace. Not a classic, but good. It might have been better a little shorter, but that can be said of most movies these days. Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack's house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king's guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2014
    Never figured what all the turkey talk was about now that I catched this film. It definitely is more of a children's film with a traditional "Save-the-Princess" storyline, a likeable nobody hero and some really cool sidekicks, let alone the mean villain (a prime copy of Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham). The visuals are really great and I can see where all the huge budget got sunk into, the SFX for the giants and the sets. Ewan McGreger is as charming as ever and Nicholas Hoult started growing on me towards the latter half of the film, even though I still think he is not AAA material, despite his considerable good credits as of last. As I said before, this is definitely a children's film, taking more than one cue from the likes of The Princess Bride and other 80s Fantasy Films. The giants are really menacing, scary and funny - especially the guy with two heads. If you dont expect more than this tries to be, you will be entertained by this wholesome family tale that feels like a Disney movie with a bigger budget. I dont really get the critics, this is right up my street but then again, I am a huge fantasy fan.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer

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