Film Review | Jack the Giant Slayer directed by Bryan Singer

dvd cover Jack the Giant Slayer directed by Bryan SingerI didn’t have high hopes for Jack the Giant Slayer, but it was pretty good. As made fairly obvious from the title, it’s a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. This version involves a lost princess and an old legend culminating in a battle of man versus giant to save the kingdom. The princess (Tomlinson) was pretty and likeable, the bad guy was a turkey, the head of the king’s guard was Ewan McGregor, and Jack the farm boy turned hero and lover acted well, but could have been a bit more pleasing on the eyes.

The plot / maybe spoiler: Jack goes to town to sell a horse. A monk who’s stolen the relic beans pawns them off on Jack and steals his horse to escape. The princess runs away and ends up at Jack’s house exactly when the beanstalk grows under the house and transports her to giant-land. Rescue party with Jack and bad guy ensues. Giants abduct princess and good guys. Bad guy commands giants to go to war with man. Jack frees princess and brings her home safe as beanstalk is cut. Bad guy loses magic bean seeds and giants grow more beanstalks to attack man kingdom. That already spoils it enough, so watch the movie if you’re interested. Check availability of holdings with your local library.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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