Reviews for Jack The Giant Slayer

Video Librarian Reviews
In the medieval kingdom of Cloister, earnest tenant farmer Jack (Nicholas Hoult) meets up with an adventurous princess named Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson). One rainy night, when Isabelle is visiting Jack, the magic beans he acquired (from selling his only horse) accidentally take root, unearthing a gnarly stalk that propels his house and the princess above the clouds into the floating realm of Gantua, which is inhabited by an ancient race of giants who are led by two-headed General Fallon (Bill Nighy and John Kassir). Down below, King Brahmwell (Ian McShane) immediately dispatches his gallant Guardians to the rescue, including brave Elmont (Ewan McGregor), wisecracking Wicke (Ewan Bremner), and Isabelle's conniving betrothed, duplicitous Lord Roderick (Stanley Tucci). As they climb into the stratosphere, they are joined by Jack in a fight that has the lumbering, cranky CGI "fee-fi-fo-fum" giants declaring vengeance on mankind. Directed by Bryan Singer, this relatively feeble adaptation is not as bad as some other recent live-action fairy tale updates (such as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), but it is another big-budget effort that ultimately falls short. Optional. [Note: DVD/Blu-ray extras include deleted scenes (9 min.), a gag reel (3 min.), and a bonus UltraViolet copy of the film. Exclusive to the Blu-ray release is a "Become a Giant Slayer" interactive feature, and a bonus DVD copy of the film. Bottom line: a decent extras package for an underwhelming film.] (S. Granger)Copyright Video Librarian Reviews 2011.