Sound Off: Bryan Singer's 'Jack the Giant Slayer' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
March 1, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Fee, fi, fo, fum." Giants! Or a giant disaster. Finally in theaters is Bryan Singer's delayed CGI fantasy action-adventure Jack the Giant Slayer, originally Jack the Giant Killer, starring Nicholas Hoult as Jack. Joining him is a cast that only Bryan Singer could bring together, with Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle, the girl he's after, plus Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner and Ian McShane. After all this waiting, is it any good? Is it even worth seeing? How is the action? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Jack the Giant Slayer.
To fuel the fire and enrage the giants, I actually enjoyed Jack the Giant Slayer. Maybe it's because I went in with such low expectations for nothing but crap, and was surprised to find a considerably fun, entertaining, engaging adventure. Slapped in the face with a reminder, again, that Bryan Singer is a damn good director and this was just marketed horribly wrong. Hoult is okay as Jack, he's not my favorite, but does a good job. I was most impressed with the energy, and momentum the film had, almost non-stop right through to that big ass battle at the end at the castle. It actually felt like a Lord of the Rings-size fantasy action epic, and I was lost in it up until the very end, despite knowing how it would all turn out. Enjoyable, but nothing amazing.
What did you think of Jack the Giant Slayer? An entertaining fantasy or complete disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Really? I knew I'd watch it but this gets me excited. Definitely won't see it in theaters but later. Theater movies are very few and far between unless they deserve it or date night in which I'm stuck with a comedy or cheesy horror. Wife loves cheesy horror.
tra la la la la di da on Mar 1, 2013
This is not your ordinary action movie! It was drama, intense scenes, some comedy, and overall a fun movie! B+
clinteastwoodscloset on Mar 2, 2013
Thumbs up on the CGI, story..ok. Overall, if the "Giants" are an indication of whats to come in the upcoming X-men..meaning how the Sentinels will possibly be, then its gonna be the best X-men ever.
Canary on Mar 2, 2013
Thumbs DOWN. WB needs to cut Singer lose ASAP! Superman Returns bastardized Dick Donner's and Chris Reeve's Superman. What a huge set back for the franchise. And now this. Singer doesn't get action, nor comic books, nor fairy tales.
Rpin on Mar 3, 2013
I totally agree. Bryan Singer is over rated. He definitely should not be doing any more comic book or fantasy films. I heard that Usual Suspects was only good because of the editor which he has never worked with again. He's not the prodigy or genius, we're led to believe.
ticketmaster on Mar 3, 2013
Well, X-Men I & II are my favourite comic book films ever made so I disagree you on that front. Haven't seen Jack & the Giant Slayer yet, but I must admit I don't care about it at all. Superman was pretty awful (not that the Chris Reeves versions were that much better), and I wish he'd done X-Men III instead of it.
kodekn on Mar 4, 2013
i really enjoyed this movie. it reminded me of the magic i loved in movies as a kid. fun light heart. and the cgi giants weren't too bad.
dbamma on Mar 3, 2013
I saw it with low expectation either, i kinda enjoy it.. but i think there's something not right about the CG..
Agung on Mar 3, 2013
Singer is a good director, thumbs up, I've watch it already, very nice movie..
Royal on Mar 3, 2013
Wow, they spent $195 million(before advertisements) on this. That means the movie needs to play for $450-$500 million before it can break even.....
David Banner on Mar 4, 2013
It was fine. The giants were great and I liked Ewan McGregor, but beyond that there's not much to write home about. None of the characters had an arc, not even Jack, and the ending didn't make any sense. 3 out of 5.
Magill Foote on Mar 4, 2013
Thumbs up from this corner. A movie with clearly defined heroes and villains, which is good to see. Jack has no "angst" like a lot of heroes in contemporary cinema; that's a refreshing change. Yes, a lot of the plot beats are fairly predictable, but it's getting to those points that is fun. And there were a couple of things that surprised me (especially the very last scene!) One caution, this is definitely not for the youngest set, as a couple of the good guys get eaten by giants. 8 out of 10.
Edward Curtis on Mar 4, 2013
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