1 hr 54 min
Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton
The downfall of this film began way before it hit theaters. With large delays and poor marketing, pinning down a target audience has been extremely difficult. On one hand, the film is based on a children’s story, which draws in a young audience. But on the other hand, action/adventure heavy trailers might have attracted an audience that is a bit older. The result, is a confusing and forced blend of multiple audiences, which it fails to please. For me, the amount of time the film spent appealing to kids was completely detrimental.
Jack the Giant Slayer is full of over the top caricatures, which distract from any engagement an audience member might have with the movie. And it’s not just the humans; the giants rely heavily on toilet humor to try and steal a half chuckle, but even that does not work. Every actor was either plain and forgettable or completely obnoxious. The one bright spot is Ewan McGregors’ role as one of the King’s loyal knights. His acting was refreshing and way above the rest of the cast, while his character was compelling, complex, and possessed depth.
The choice to go with CGI giants was a poor one, because when placed beside a human actor, they just look fake. However, not all the CGI is gone to waste. The actual beanstalk has a great amount of detail. I think they did a great job of giving the beanstalk a life of its own. At the beginning of the movie, when two characters are reading the story of giants to their children, an animated feature plays, similar to the one in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, the effect they were looking for completely fails. It looks like some mid-90’s computer game cut scene. The segment just felt unfinished and unpolished.
Jack the Giant Slayer is just going through the motions and it’s obvious. Even with a simple plot, the movie still fails to explain the necessities to the audience. I’m still waiting for a good block-buster of 2013.
out of 10