Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Giant Effects

Having been sent to town to sell the horse by his uncle, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) returns not only having had a brush with royalty when he came to the aid of Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) but with some special beans which he has been told not to get wet. But on a rainy night not only does he get a surprise visit from Isabelle who does not want to marry Roderick (Stanley Tucci) but a bean gets wet and before they know it a giant bean stalk is shooting up into the sky. Suddenly those stories which their parent's had told them when they were children had come true and Jack along with some of the King's men climb the giant bean stalk to rescue Isabelle from the land of the giants.

Here we go again with another relatively recent movie which makes me question what the future of cinema is going to be. I say that because "Jack the Giant Slayer" is another movie which wants to entertain through the look and the appeal of the actors. Now I know if I went back to my childhood there were movies which would put a lot of stock in the star power and the look but they were very much driven by the story with an aim to make that story exciting. Yet I didn't get that from this version of Jack and the Bean Stalk and I put that down to the movie being dominated by the look.

Now of course I can take a good guess that "Jack the Giant Slayer" was made for a younger audience who enjoy movies which make the once visually impossible possible and this does. To be honest I reckon if I was 25 years younger all the effects in this movie would have me glued from the way the beanstalk rockets up in to the sky to the battles are heroes have with the giants. And the characters would have entertained as well especially with Nicholas Hoult in the lead.

What this all boils down to is that "Jack the Giant Slayer" is a good popcorn flick made for a modern audience who watch for the visual experience and stars than for a story driven movie.