For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Adventure Films, here’s a review of Jack The Giant Slayer (2013) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
Thanks again to Damien of Riley Central for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Summer of Serendipitous Anachronisms She has chosen quite a unique genre and we will be reviewing our favorite Derivative Work Movies.
Here’s Summer to explain her choice:
Basically it is anything based or inspired by pre-existing source
Amelie takes its relationships from the Luncheon of the Boating Party
The Magnificent Seven is borrowed from the Seven Samurai
Sunday in the Park with George is based on painting by George Seurat
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is loosely based on Hamlet
My Own Private Idaho borrows from Henry the IV
Cosi is about a director directing the musical Cosi Fan Tutti
Pride Prejudice and Zombies borrows from Pride and Prejudice
Clueless borrows from the novel Emma
Monty Python and the Holy Grail borrows from the Arthurian Legend
Basically a film that borrows from pre-existing source but reinvents the source material into something else
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to email@example.com Try to think out of the box! Great choice Summer!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Writer: (Screenplay) (Story/Novel/Book/Characters/Original Screenplay/Graphic Novel)
Starring: Bryan Singer, Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney, David Dobkin, Nicolas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Christopher Fairbank, Bill Nighy
Plot: The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Enjoyable Adventure Film
Story: Jack the Giant Slayer starts by giving us the story that poor boy Jack and Princess Isabelle who love the story of the giant that came to Earth before being banished. Jack (Hoult) all grown up is trying to sell his horse and cart finding himself in the kingdom of King Brahmwell (McShane) who is trying to keep tabs on his now of age daughter Isabelle. We know Jack made a deal where he ended up getting some beans that just so happen to be magic.
With Isabelle trying to escape her impending marriage to Roderick (Tucci) she finds herself at Jack’s house. When the beanstalk rises it takes Isabelle up into the giant kingdom leading to Elmont (McGregor) Roderick, Jack and Elmont’s men to climb the beanstalk.
Upon reaching the top we learn Roderick’s plan while our character have to learn that not all legends are fairy tales.
Jack the Giant Slayer is a story we should all have known by now but how do you turn this into a feature film, well this is how it is done. We create a battle between humans and the giants filled with generically average characters all with their own motives. I do think the expanded story works but in a world where we have had Lord of the Rings and going through Game of Thrones this comes off slightly short.
Nicholas Hoult: Jack is the simple farm boy that finds himself selling his house for beans only to discovery that these beans take him to the giant kingdom on top of a beanstalk. Jack must rescue the princess and become the giant slayer he was always destine to become. Nicholas is good in this leading role showing he can be a future star.
Eleanor Tomlinson: Isabelle is the princess of the kingdom that wishes to see more of the world before being wed to the older man Roderick. While she does become the very basic damsel in distress by the end of the film. Eleanor also gives us a good performance even if her character is basically the damsel in distress we don’t see as much anymore.
Ewan McGregor: Elmont is leader of the king’s guard, he is fearless and will give any common man a chance to help do the honourable thing, which includes Jack. He works with Jack to makes sure the princess is safe once the giant from myth become a reality. Ewan has a lot of fun in this role where we get to see him supporting the next generation of stars.
Stanley Tucci: Roderick is planned to be wed to the princess, but he has his own plans which do include bringing down the giants to help him get everything he wants. Stanley plays the typical villain add his own spin to it without being that memorable.
Support Cast: Jack the Giant Slayer has a solid supporting cast but they just get enough real time out of everything involved.
Director Review: Bryan Singer – Bryan gives us a good enjoyable film even if the CGI comes off slightly iffy.
Adventure: Jack the Giant Slayer sends us on the adventure that could well be the first one we ever heard.
Fantasy: Jack the Giant Slayer throws us into the fantasy world where giants live above humans.
Settings: Jack the Giant Slayer has the settings that makes us feel like we are going to be in the world created.
Special Effects: Jack the Giant Slayer has some bad CGI moments which can take away from these moments.
Suggestion: Jack the Giant Slayer is one I do think people will enjoy but I can see how come people be turned off. (Try It)
Best Part: Final battle is very good.
Worst Part: CGI
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $195 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Tagline: Prepare for a giant adventure
Overall: Solid adventure film that will be the one that will enjoy from the childhood stories.