June 12, 2013

Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Country: USA

Review: Bryan Singer’s new fantasy adventure film, “Jack The Giant Slayer”, is visually powerful with decent special effects and imposing scenarios, but was caught by several clich├ęs, struggling to find the right balance. The film was based on the British fairy tales “Jack The Giant Killer” and “Jack And The Beanstalk”, becoming mildly entertaining but heavily predictable. In the Kingdom of Cloister, the simplicity evinced by Jack (Nicholas Hoult) and his love for princess Isabelle will make the difference to save the Kingdom from the Giants’ hands, when magic beans opened a gateway to their world. The only way to control the raging giants is through a magical crown that happens to fall in the hands of Roderick, the most ambitious man of the court. Among intense battles and not so strong dialogues, this is a film where just half of the thrills worked well, making it an energetic experience but ultimately unflavored. Bryan Singer, best known for the masterpiece “The Usual Suspects” and the two first X-Men movies, makes an almost animated film, helped by a well crafted characterization and energetic sequences that we already have seen many times before. The story’s limitation might not be a problem for the adventure genre fans, but failed to cause any surprising impact.

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