Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA
Review Date: 1st March 2013
In cinemas everywhere from 1st March (USA), 14th March (Australia) and 28th February (Hong Kong).
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor
Directed by: Bryan Singer
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What can I say, this is exactly how mindless entertainment should be filmed and not be ashamed of it afterwards. “Jack the Giant Slayer” sounds stupid and it never attempts to hide the fact and in the process the film-makers have deliver what is most probably the greatest guilty pleasure of the year. I have not seen myself laugh so much in a film for a long time and while all the laughter is more attributed towards the ultra cheesy B movie dialogue, ridiculous happenings, the non-existent plot line and totally laughable out of place random events. What separates “Jack the Giant Slayer” from other cheesy but bad movies, is that the actors and characters themselves laugh with the audience. In the scene of putting the bee hives into the sleeping giant helmet, all three of the cast laughed just as much as the awaiting audience, now that’s cinematic involvement. So for maximum enjoyment, the audience will need to totally suspend beliefs and just take in the ride.
Playing the title unlikely hero Jack, Nicholas Hoult (also in “Warm Bodies”) is suitably adequate in a role that requires more likeability than acting. Hoult is a easy hero to follow and he plays the underdog role with enough charisma. Ewan McGregor shines in support and provides he film with plenty of funny moment. It is easy for the audience to enjoy the performances as McGregor is at his light hearted best. Queen to be and Jack love interest, played by English actress Eleanor Tomlinson (“Alice in Wonderland) flairs well in a role that requires her to be constantly frightened, be saved and be loved. Hoult and Tomlinson’s chemistry works to degree, but at times, it seems rather forced. While Stanley Tucci (“Lovely Bones”) plays the B movie villain to perfection, but the film belongs to the CGI monster Falloin, (played by Bill Nighy as the big head and John Kassir as the smaller one) who is simply the most complicated and interesting character of the lot as his two heads revokes Gollum’s scene stealing presence in “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”.
All in all, “Jack the Giant Slayer” works because it sets out to be cheesy, ridiculous, but ends up being loads of fun. Director Bryan Singer (who helmed most of the “X-Men” films) makes use of 3D technology and display some breathtaking scenery both above the clouds, over the waterfalls and the holy kingdom to maximum effect. Alongside the recent “Life of Pi”, this film is visually enhanced by the 3D effects and the CGI giants is strikingly vivid and detailed. “Jack the Giant Slayer” won’t win any big awards, apart from being visually amazing, but in terms of mindless entertainment, few can rival this. So forget your brains and bring your sense of humour and I can assure you, “Jack the Giant Slayer” will make you laugh. (Neo 2013)
I rated it 7.5/10