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Fantasy - Sourcery

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Elevator Pitch

Jack an absent-minded young farm hand, comes into the possession of some magic beans which, legend has it, will connect his world with that of the giants, and sure enough while a runaway princess is sheltering in hs cottage, one of the beans sprouts and transports the hovel, and the princess up into the sky, requiring a search party commissioned by the king, including Jack and led by the head of the palace guard, to climb the beanstalk and take on the giants.


There are scenes in the courtyards of the walled city, and out in the country involving many soldiers in armour and on horses. The search party climbs of the very elaborate beanstalk. In the land of giants, which seems to be the same as the countryside on earth, except that there are giants, the heroes dodge about hiding from the foe, but are sometimes caught and eaten. When the giants get down to earth (not too much of a spoiler) there are a number of pitched battles. No nudity, sex, drinking, drug taking or smoking, but Jack and the princess look at each other winsomely a bit.

Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The children’s fable.
Director Bryan Singer
Writers/Script Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney (story by Darren lemke, David Dobkin)
Starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Christopher Fairbank, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy
A View This oeuvre stumbles along until we get to the third act when it livens up a bit. Actually the best part of the film is the poster (really pleased, by the way ,to have found a way of including them in my reviews). It seemed to me that almost everybody was miscast, and the actors appeared to be wondering what was happening most of the time. So not a watch for anyone – even if you are under ten.
Additional Info This was a very expensive production, reminding me of the joke about producers “This is a great script, so who can we get to rewrite it”. It is said that the studio lost between $120 and $140 million on it.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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