Fee, Fye, Foe, Fumm- who hasn’t heard this one? Warner Brothers’ new release Jack the Giant Slayer brings to life the old fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk. This movie, however, does not follow the old story line of a young Jack who goes off to sell the family cow and gets tricked into buying magic beans that grow into a bean stalk which leads to the world of an angry giant. Jack the Giant Slayer gives the old tale a whole new twist.
Jack (Nicholus Hoult) takes a horse and a cart into town to sell. While in town, the cart is stolen, Jack meets Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), and the magic beans are stolen from Princess Isabelle’s fiancé, Roberick, by a monk. The monk gives the beans to Jack for safe keeping. Jack takes the beans home, and his uncle is outraged when he discovers that Jack has lost the cart and only come home with worthless beans. The magic beans are promptly thrown under the house. As expected, the beans get wet, Princess Isabelle gets trapped in the land of the giants, and farm boy Jack is off to save her.
Jack the Giant Slayer is a fun, action packed thriller. It takes the original fairytale and adds its own unique spin. The show is a magnificent combination of special effects and great acting. Nicholus Hoult is a convincing 18 year old Jack who longs for adventure. Eleanor Tomlinson also does a great job as Princess Isabelle, and Ian McShane, notorious bad guy, is cast in an entirely different light in Jack the Giant Slayer. For once, McShane is not the villain in the story. He is King Brahmwell, Princess Isabelle’s devoted father.
The villains of Jack the Giant Slayer are Princess Isabelle’s fiancé, Roderick (Stanley Tucci), his trusty pal, Wicke (Ewen Bremner), and of course, the evil giants that live in the kingdom between heaven and earth. It is Roderick who has stolen the magic beans and an ancient crown, the only thing that can control the ferocious giants. Tucci provides the audience with a great villain, but Bremner is fantastic as the assistant bad guy. His character, Wicke, provide some needed comedy relief.
The sound effects were awesome. They helped to make the thunder sound even scarier and the echo of the giants’ steps even louder. A lot of special effects were used to make this movie, and although that can get to be distracting at times, they didn’t take away from Jack the Giant Slayer.
The costume designs were also great. And, the 3D actually worked in the movie’s favor. It helped to make the movie even scarier.
Jack the Giant Slayer is rated PG-13 for violence and frightening images. This is an appropriate rating. There are scenes in the movie that are too scary for young children. The film runs for 1hour and 54 minutes. But, with the recent rash of fairy tales that have been turned into movies like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Red Riding Hood, is Jack the Giant Slayer worth the money? Yes. On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest), I would give Jack the Giant Slayer a 4.7.