Review: Jack the Giant Slayer 3D
Exceeded expectationsI'll admit it. I went in with the lowest expectations imaginable. Having seen the film bomb with the critics and the American Box Office audience (worse than John Carter!) surely this couldn't be worth my time?
I was pleasantly surprised. This big-budget, rip-roaring, action-packed fairytale adaptation grew on me to the point where, once it was over, I cared about Jack and his sweet princess.
Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Ian McShane all deliver committed performances. It's all very tongue in cheek and harmless, it's all very fun and light. Yes, this is not going to win any awards. But it's not trying to.
The CGI giants aren't even that bad. If they are, then so are the trolls from The Hobbit. Jack and the Beanstalk is a much loved tale and Bryan Singer has adapted it to the action-blockbuster genre well. Nicholas Hoult doesn't actually seem to play too prominent a role for swathes of the film, and the Princess is a bit dull in places.
Go along, don't expect miracles, and you'll certainly not be disappointed. Like me, you might even come away having enjoyed yourself!