Sunday, 24 March 2013

#29 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (23.3.13)

Directed by Bryan Singer and starring Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and Bill Nighy.

This is Jack and the Bean Stalk re imagined for the 21st Century, which means a back-story for the Giants and a big battle at the end. Apparently this is now a set-in-stone stipulation for all films based on classic works, that there has to be a big, fuck-off battle at the end of the film.

Actually, I have to say that, this wasn't that bad! I know, right? And that despite initial worries and gripes I found myself actually enjoying this, a-lot!

I was convinced, following the vileness of Snore White and the Kuntsman and Vandal and Cretin: Bitch Hunters, that Jack was going to be another big-budget, Hollywood balls-up of a classic fairy tale, but I was wrong!

Bryan Singer has done a pretty bang-up job on this and mixes just the right amount of humour and action, he's helped by a terrific cast lead by Nicholas Hoult who just gets better and better, but all of the actors give it their all, Tucci is great fun! The action is good, the Giants are MASSIVE and very well animated, each has his own character and look. It's also pretty gory which means it's a 12a certificate, so it's not going to be the best thing to take an under eight to. And best of all, it's not too long and there's no horrendous fake American accents!

Baxter, my 9-year old son, loved it and gave it an 8/10. But I'm only inclined to give it a 7/10!

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