Fee Fi Fo Fum

I smell the blood of a box-office bomb :(  Shame too because though far from perfect, I thought Jack the Giant Slayer was a perfectly fun, entertaining and enjoyable time. I have always felt that this was a fairy tale with a lot of rich cinematic potential. After all, Mickey and the Beanstalk was one of my favorite Disney animated short films growing up, and even to this day holds up remarkably well. With so much wonderful mythology to draw from how can it go wrong? Well...in a few ways actually. I'm not sure how best to tackle my thoughts on this movie, so I'll just break it up by the good, the bad, and the ugly.

THE GOOD: The best thing this film has going for it is without a doubt its likable cast. All of the humans, even the bad ones are great. It's the giants that I'm not so sure about. But back to the cast.... as villains, Stanley Tucci, and his lackey are very fun to watch. On the side of the heroes, you can tell that Ewan McGregor is having a blast too. He may be the best part of this movie. Nicholas Hoult as Jack and Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess maybe aren't as memorable....but they do the job just fine. And Hoult is really showing promise which makes me happy. All I can say is its a lot more fun to watch a movie featuring actors who want to be there than when you know they're only doing it for the paycheck. This cast was having fun and that energy really could be felt.

Technically speaking, this was a well-made film (which makes sense because it reportedly had a huuuuge budget.) I don't know that I was 100% sold on ALL of the CGI, but a lot of it looked pretty good. The costume, sets and how they expanded the story were all pretty well done (minus a few gaping plot holes...but we'll get to that.) I loved how the story was both a myth at the beginning and end...the story weaved that in nicely. You could really feel the characters' fear in entering such a different world than theirs. I almost wish more of the film explored that instead of the inevitable giant battle at the end of the film. Also, the parts exploring the beanstalk itself were quite good. It was like its own planet and I liked that. I guess if I were to sum it up, my favorite part of this movie aside from the cast, was the setup. Unfortunately, the payoff while entertaining....probably wasn't as good as the first half.

THE BAD: I think my problem with this movie is I'm not entirely sure that a POPULATION of giants was needed. Sure it sets up a huge battle and they do even more damage than one single giant could. But....I don't think more is always better. Plus.... Stanley Tucci was far more interesting than all of the giants combined and [SPOILER] they killed him far too early on (as well as his toadie who was giving me a lot of laughs)...and I think the movie suffered for it. If there had been only a handful of giants or just one, they could have focused more on making them more interesting as individuals...and perhaps spent more time trying to escape them in the giant realm. [/SPOILER]

THE UGLY:  Okay Hollywood. I don't know how to break it to you....and I'm sorry that you couldn't figure this out on your own....but fart and booger jokes are NOT. FUNNY. They're a cheap joke that doesn't work for anyone anymore minus young children....and really let's try and get their humor to be a little more refined shall we? Seriously I can't even say enough how sick I am of this type of humor. There weren't too many of these jokes....but one elicited an eye roll from me while the other made me gag (I'm not even joking.) So come on....it's time to shoot for some high brow humor for once. It would be a public service to everyone.

All in all, I did enjoy the film. It's not perfect, but in the middle of winter (even though fake spring is in sight don't be fooled we still have another 2 months...) I thought it was a fun enough way to pass the time and might as well be seen in theaters (a matinee is about right...if not check it in the dollar theaters). I'd give it a 6.5/10.


Johanna said...

You have good insights. Would have been a better movie with your input. I thought it was fine, although not really my type of movie. More exploring of how different their world was, would have been fun. The actors did their part and there was so good talent there. Hope to see more of the young leads because I care "about the boy." :)

courtney wightman said...

yeah a dollar is about how much this movie is worth. the ugly was preeeetty ugly ... i've never heard/seen an audience so disgusted than at that part that had you gagging. gross.

Sarah said...

Wow, I don't know what made you gag...but I'm okay with that. I don't want to know! Ewwww!

Johanna said...

I had my eyes closed.