Movie Night: Jack the Giant Slayer

JackLogline: 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.

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Rating: 13A

Synopsis: (from IMDb) Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack’s house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king’s guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists.


Hollywood has turned their eye to the old fairy tales. Jack the Giant Slayer adds more to the original story of Jack and the beanstalk, giving us a romance element as well as an evil antagonist bent on his own agenda. There is a surprising amount of death in this movie, but it retains its 13A rating by not showing the gore; cutting away to show the reactions of the other characters. A good thing if you have young children watching.

Directed by Bryan Singer, you just know it’s going to be filled with action, and it is. The fast paced movie keeps you attention with either the action or the tension; will Ewan McGregor be eaten? How will the giants retaliate after their escape? Speaking of Ewan McGregor, the actor has some of the best lines, and delivers them with perfect timing.

I highly enjoyed this movie, especially the very original and unexpected ending.

4 out of 5


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

5 Responses to Movie Night: Jack the Giant Slayer

  1. jwtroemner says:

    It’s funny– I was debating whether to feature this movie in a blogpost of my own.

    I agree, it was a lot of fun (I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with the trailer), and I adored Ewan McGregor. However, I got the impression that it would have been stronger if you’d just cut Jack’s role entirely from the story. At least the way I saw it, the princess had the most chemistry with her guard, there was a sufficient amount of conflict inherent in their class differences, and honestly, the guard seemed like the much smarter and more useful character– whereas Jack’s good fortune tended to be mostly based on luck, the guard tended to navigate with skill and quick thinking, and that made him feel more willful and interesting.

    Or maybe I’m just a sucker for a pretty face.

    What do you think?

    • Looking back, I see what you mean. It was almost as though Jack was only in the story because his name was in the title. There were a few other things, like why show the queen and Jack;s father, when they only die later? They really weren’t needed, and if you had the uncle raising Jack, and Jack wanting away from him, I think that would have been a stronger motivation for the character. Go up and get the gold and get away from him.

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