Ariana St. Pierre – Arts Editor
“Jack the Giant Slayer” is an exciting new spin on a classic tale. Unfortunately, it relies solely on special effects and lacks character development. Directed by Bryan Singer, “Jack the Giant Slayer” tells a tale of an ancient war between humans and flesh hungry giants.
Centuries ago magic beans were found, planted, and then grew to im- mense heights. The idea was to climb the massive beanstalks and reach Heaven however a fierce race of giants dwelled on a plane between Earth and Heaven.
A legendary king who possessed a magic crown, which enabled him to command the giant hordes, defeated the giants. The king sent the giants back to their plane and destroyed the stalks. Centuries pass and the giants fade into myth until Jack (Nicholas Hoult), a young farm boy, unwittingly plants a magic bean and opens a long forgotten portal to the giants’ realm. Jack must now fight to save the kingdom and princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), his love, who has been taken captive by the giants.
The special effects and CGI animation are impeccable and so well done that it is hard to believe the giants are animated. The attention to detail of giants is well crafted and impressive. However “Jack the Giant Slayer” relies heavily on the impres- sive CGI effects. The storyline is predict- able. An evil man wants to take over the kingdom using monsters. A young hero, not of noble birth, must rise up to save the damsel in distress and his kingdom, allowing him to achieve his desired nobil- ity and his right to marry a princess and become king. It is all very cliché.
Jack the Giant Slayer won’t be taking home any Oscars but it is an exciting film about an epic adventure. It is witty in parts especially the banter between Jack and El- mont (Ewan McGregor). As well as a prank played on one of the giants, where Jack places a beehive into the sleeping giant’s helmet. “Jack the Giant Slayer” has a bland storyline, but after all it is an action flick and action is what you most certainly will get.