Jack the Giant Slayer: Movie Review

"Jack the Giant Slayer" proves that even with all the negative publicity, you can never judge a film until you see it with your own two eyes. What transpires is a well concocted film with the right amount of action, realism and spins to make the 2 hour experience a fun one. While "Jack the Giant Slayer" may not be one film to be remembered by, it does enough to exceed our expectations by a mile.

As a child, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) has always adored the story of King Erik and the world of giants. Most people associate the story as legend rather than truth. But when Jack meets a peculiar monk and gives him "magical beans" and he accidentally and unknowingly drops one, he opens a gateway to the world of Giants. As myth becomes reality, Jack is forced to fight not only to save his own life, but that of those in the kingdom and that of Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson).

Fresh, interesting and fun are the words we least expected to associate with "Jack the Giant Slayer" but we were totally wrong. In fact, "Jack the Giant Slayer" made a feat in itself by making a rendition to the old Jack and the Beanstalk story that feels new and well-thought. You can never remove the simple associations with the original fairy tale but the film's spin actually makes the classic story better in our opinion. As for the story's development, it was engaging to say the least. From start to finish, we could never leave our stare off-screen. It was extremely efficient in ways we rarely see from films more so a fantasy-adventure one. One minus though is the extended ending which we believe was a little bit unnecessary. As for the acting, we could definitely say everyone gave it their all especially Nicholas Hoult. Even with the CGI-heavy film, the actors' emotions and movements made every situation believable. Graphics-wise, the film is one CGI-filled film but that's expected already. Quality-wise, we feel the film lacked consistency as some scenes were breath-taking while some effects come out obviously fake. Overall, "Jack the Giant Slayer" is simply one fun experience and one worth the ticker price.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- the story turns out to be fresh and engaging
- well-acted with actors coming out believable even with all the CGI effects happening all over the place

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- CGI lacked consistency in terms of visual quality

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