Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
Jack the Giant Slayer opens with what may be the worst CG effects in a film since the 90s. The scene depicts the story of the giants up in the clouds and the magic required to stop their attacks; it uses Playstation-era CG quality for artistic effect. The idea, it seems, is that bad CG is kind of like old storybook pages. The actual scene is baffling to watch, though, and it only helps to establish that Jack the Giant Slayer is a supremely misguided effort all around. No one asked for a gritty reboot of Jack and the Beanstalk. Then again, no one asked for most of the darker interpretations of folk tales we’ve been drowning in lately. Giant Slayer follows the basic plot points of the fairy tale, only Jack is 18 and he’s quickly set up with a potential love interest in... Read Review