Jack The Giant Slayer (2013) – 6/10 fantasy action adventure movie review

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Cast / crew
Director and Producer: Bryan Singer
Screenplay and Story Writer: Darren Lemke
Screenplay Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
Screenplay Writer: Dan Studney
Producer and Story Writer: David Dobkin
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Producer: Ori Marmur
Producer and Unit Production Manager: Patrick McCormick
Nicholas Hoult: Jack
Eleanor Tomlinson: Isabelle
Stanley Tucci: Roderick
Ian McShane: King Brahmwell
Bill Nighy: General Fallon
Ewan McGregor: Elmont

Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

Albion is a land with a legend of man-eating giants who once sought to rule Earth but were banished by Eric the Great. Eric was real but the legend? Nah.


Adequate action adventure which suffers from CG fatigue whereby any shots with CG in are getting to be automatically dismissed by our brains and bring us out of the experience of the movie. It’s off by just enough that it distracts us from the action or drama that is seeking to engage us. Beautiful vista? CG, bored. Spectacular action scene? CG, not swept along. Principal characters? CG, don’t care. CG is a tool but I think we, as an audience, are getting inured to it. And we’re getting picky. Unless it’s 100% invisible or perfect, or far more restrained in it’s use, it is beginning to undermine the movie it’s used in. Aside from that, Jack The Giant Slayer is entertaining, crisp and has enough unusual action beats to be worthwhile. It’s also nice to see that, even though we have a villain, everyone else is entirely reasonable, polite and amiable. I think it really is a shame that such qualities are incredibly rare in the predominantly selfish characters that inhabit Hollywood movies.

This movie contains violence, mild sensuality, unpleasant scenes, inferred people-eating

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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