Jack and the Giants (2013)

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Jack and the Giants: Directed by Bryan Singer. With Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci. The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

“In this retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, the title character and a runaway princess are thrust into the sky when vines sprouting from the magic beans vault Jacku0026#39;s cabin into the sky. A race of giants exiled there by the power of a magic crown plots to return below and recapture the human kingdom. The King sends a rescue party of his knights and the princessu0026#39;s evil fiancé to rescue the princess, and the evil prince uses the magical crown in an attempt to seize the power of the giants to take over the kingdom. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt was refreshing to find a non ironic, non meta straightforward telling of this story, with some elements of charm and humor. The 3D is fairly unspectacular, although there are great sequences, such as the collapse of the vine which causes catastrophic damage below. The body count, for a family film, is quite high, surpassing some of the later Harry Potter movies. It is also notable that there are virtually no females in either the giantsu0026#39; or humanu0026#39;s realm. The cast is fine, and Nicholas Hoult makes a fine Jack, and brings more life and personality to the role than he did earlier this year with u0026quot;Warm Bodies.u0026quot;u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMost elements of the film work quite well and it has the potential to work alongside dark family fare like u0026quot;The Never Ending Storyu0026quot; or u0026quot;The Dark Crystal.u0026quot;”

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