I think it is funny how specific types of movies always seem to arrive in waves. In the past this happened with Pixar/Dreamworks movies (Bugs/Antz, Finding Nemo/Shark Tale), but it also happens in genres. One of them is the fairytale one which I guess started with Alice in Wonderland. Other fairytale movies followed (Snow White and the Hunstman, Mirror, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to name just a few). It seems like everyone looks what might sell and try to duplicate it, unfortunately with mixed results. Jack the Giant Slayer has been in development since 2005 and is a new interpretation of Jack and the beanstalk story.
The movie is about Jack (Nicholas Hoult) who happens to come in possesion of some magic beans, which will grow extremely big once they are touched by water. They grow so high that when you climb it you end up in the world of giants. So no change there compared to the fairytale. What has been added here was that the giants once came down to earth and had a battle and were finally sent back to their world by a magic crown. The one who has it can control them. It won’t surprise you that there is someone, in this case Sir Roderick (Stanley Tucci, who seems to be having fun with his role) plans to use the beans and the crown to take control over the giants to become king of the world. Of course such a movie also needs a love story and the love interest in this case is Isabelle, played by Eleanor Tomlinson.
Having watched the movie I was really wondering which audience the makers had in mind. Since it is a fairytale you would think it would mainly be for children, but if you watch it there are a couple of horrible deaths. They might not be shown on screen, but there isn’t much left to the imagination. There are people trampled and eaten by the giants. At the same time the movie doesn’t manage to be very interesting for adults as most of the story is predictable and there aren’t any characters I really cared for much. So how about the CGI giants? It is made clear they want revenge and are angry, but there isn’t much else to them. At almost two hours the movie felt way too long and by that time (knowing the outcome anyway) I was happy it was over.