[Movie Review] Jack The Giant Slayer


Director: Bryan Singer


Darren Lemke (screenplay), Christopher McQuarrie(screenplay)


Nicholas Hoult(Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class), Stanley Tucci(The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada), Ewan McGregor(The Impossible
Henry Moulin Rouge), Eleanor Tomlinson(The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland)

Kiki: And yet again, another one of the many childhood fairytales has come to life. I am talking about Jack and the Beanstalk.

Zubby: The title of the movie says “Jack The Giant Killer”

Kiki: Biko zubby, slayer not killer. You hear? Slayer!

Zubby: Oh, sorry about that guys.  It just doesn’t stick, probably because it borrowed its title from  another less popular British Fairytale with a totally different story from this movie.

Kiki:  But then apparently depicts the story of Jack and Beanstalk with a few additions here and there.

Zubby: So to set things straight and not confuse you all, This is Jack the Giant Slayer, the story of Jack and the beanstalk. We cool? Okay, let’s go on then.


The Script


Kiki: I just love the idea that it wasn’t twisted to the ‘T’. Some lines were still coined from the original storyline. Take for instance the use of the most popular quote from the storybook, ‘Fee Fa Fo Fum’ to represent the 4 lead warriors of the giant army was the highlight for me.

Zubby: I was going to say the same, Bryan Singer sure brought back some of those delightful childhood memories and it also had its funny points that would have you laughing in both amusement and sometime in disgust (Giants could be very nasty, especially those that cook)

Kiki: Cooking giants; Urg! Reminds me of the ogres in The Hobbit. Dis-gus-ting. I wouldn’t say this script met my ‘high’ expectations, but it did make quite a satisfactory impression.


The Directing


Kiki: As usual, Hollywood rarely disappoints. Be it an animated flick or otherwise. I would say Brian Singer knows how to cross his T’s and dot his I’s.

Zubby: He did a perfect job on the directing, especially as regards the artistic impressions of the movie.

Kiki: The details put into the conceptual depiction of the human race down below and giant race high above was neatly rendered. 3D always does it for me anyways.

Zubby: Well there’s no 3D cinema at my end so I sadly had to watch it in 2D which wasn’t all that bad though.

Kiki: Awww sorry about that. But look on the bright side, you saved some extra cash didn’t ya? Lol. What if we were still in the National Theater age?


The Acting


Kiki: Jack the Giant Slayer bears a cast consisting of a blend of various actors from different stereotyped movie genres they are each known for.

Zubby: With Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor,Nicholas Hoult and Stanley Tucci, my expectations from each of them weren’t cut short. Apart from Stanley Tucci, Ian Mcshane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor the other characters felt new to me but sure did give a good account of themselves.

Kiki: Yeah, I agree. This is Eleanor Tomlinson’s big break into the industry and she sure did justice to her part. All she had to do was look pretty.

Zubby: Fragile and err…the other what-nots that princesses are expected to deliver.

Kiki: Yeah, and scream ‘Jack!’ anytime she was in danger. Yep, that’s about it.


Our Verdict


Kiki: I wouldn’t say it’s a movie I’d watch over and over. One time is enough for me, and that’s not really a high score on my part.

Zubby: Once is enough for me too. Wasn’t too impressed with what i saw.

Kiki: Guess it’s cause we expected a bit more.

Zubby: Also because it failed to tell the story of Jack the Giant Slayer like it ought to (Since it borrowed that name from the British fairytale of the same title) and instead told the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Kiki: So it gets a Popcorn and Hotdog. But if you are one that’s simply drawn to fairytale movie renditions like we are, this is certainly one you should see and strike off your list afterwards *wink*

Zubby: Au revoir.