Bottom Line: Fee-Fi…Ho Hum. A sometimes visually stunning and always tonally challenged piece of revisionist, fairy tale cinema that’s mired in static dialogue, ultimately uninteresting storytelling and shoulder-shrugging daring-do. The solid acting and special effects try their best to keep you engaged (so, you know, thanks for that…) but most of what you see is disposable, been-there-done-that popcorn cinema. It’s sure to serve as mindless fun for some but please don’t take the little ones as this movie clumsily toes the line between don’t-show-too-much-violence-so-young-kids-can-enjoy-it fantasy and screw-it-we’ll-scare-the-sh*t-outta-them-with-everything-else nightmare inducing naivety. It’s a handsomely envisioned, neatly manufactured, anticlimactic mess. Not awful mind you, but awfully bland – you’re best served by saving this giant movie for the small screen of your living room.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Ewen McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eleanor Tomlinson and Ian McShane
Directed by: Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, VALKYRIE, X-MEN and X-2)
Running time: 114 minutes
Story: "Jack the Giant Slayer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend-and gets the chance to become a legend himself.-- (C) Warner Bros