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Jack the Giant Slayer - Film Review

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Published March 10th 2013
Image courtesy of Warner Brothers

Let me start by saying the free activities for children ahead of the screening at Event Cinemas Marion was a bonus. It was a Sunday morning and I invited my sister and two nephews, which was an experience in itself. I admire any parent who takes their children to the movies; I realised that it can be quite a challenging experience after seeing my sister have a meltdown as her children stocked up on lollies, popcorn, ice-cream and drinks. They may be 'little kids' but they ordered the 'big' size in whatever they could.

Photo courtesy Warner Brothers - Elmont (Ewan McGregor) Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) Jack (Nicholas Hoult)

As we made our way into the cinema we were given 3D glasses, which made the experience even more 'eye popping' so to speak. From the moment the movie started, it engaged the audience, setting up the characters and giving us an insight into their lives.

The story is based on the fairytale "Jack and the Beanstalk" and like all good fairytales. there's romance, comedy, villains, adventure, fantasy and of course, the 'hero'.

Photo courtesy Warner Brothers - Jack (Nicholas Hoult)

Nicholas Hoult plays Jack, a farm boy whose father read to him as a child the story of Erik The Great, who fought giants up in the sky by using a magic crown. When Jack grows up, he lives with his uncle and goes to sell his horse to make some money. Of course, instead of money a monk offers him beans, which he takes back to his uncle who is not impressed telling Jack he was 'conned'.

Photo courtesy Warner Brothers - Princess of Cloister Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson)

He first meets the Princess of Cloister, Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), who likes adventure and leaves the castle in disguise to seek it. On their first meeting, Jack saves her while being hassled by some drunken men at a bar, and they meet up again while she slips out of the castle, only to see his 'light' on while riding in a storm to seek refuge.

During this meeting one of the bean sprouts takes Isabelle and Jack's house up the beanstalk to where the giants live. The King sends his knights up the beanstalk with Jack, who volunteers his services to bring the princess back home. Bring in the villain, who has his own scheme to rule the land, versus the good knights battling the giants and you're set for a great adventure.

Photo courtesy Warner Brothers -Lord Roderick (Stanley Tucci) and his lackey Wicke

The giants are supposed to be scary, but not to the point where the children are frightened, as they have elements of humour shining through their 'monster like persona'. The children were glued to the screen and I could hear shouts of 'come on Jack' 'look out Jack' as they supported their hero in bringing the princess and good knights safely home.

Photo courtesy Warner Brothers - Jack (Nicholas Hoult)

There are some emotional moments in this film and I admit along with my sister, I did shed a tear. The casting is brilliant Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is well mannered and handsome, Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), a beautiful and independent Princess, and Elmont (Ewan McGregor), the good knight and 'my hero' as he lead the men during battle. Lord Roderick (Stanley Tucci) and his lackey Wicke (Ewan Bremer), do a brilliant job as the 'the scheming villains'. Even the 'giants' had their own characteristics, with children laughing at their antics and the way they were being tricked.

Photo courtesy Warner Brothers

I absolutely loved this movie and I know a lot of kids and adults will too. It's not violent, considering they are killing giants, and won't traumatise or upset children in my opinion.

This movie ticks all the boxes when it comes to an exciting children's movie with lots of adventure, drama and fantasy. I also foresee a lot of kids named 'Jack' being popular among circles. The rating is M and I give it 9/10. Overall thrilling special effects.

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