Based off of the children's fairy tale, Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war between men and giants. When Jack, a young farmhand, mistakenly opens a gateway between the human world and the race of the giants, he must fight for his kingdom, its people, and most importantly the love of a brave princess whose been captured by the Giants. Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer is mildly entertaining big budget spectacle which targets the younger demographic with its cartoonish approach. The relationship dynamics of Jack the Giant Slayer are very much spelled out for the viewer, with Isabelle and Jack's relationship being suggested far before they ever actually meet on screen. During the opening 30 minutes or so, the film interweaves Jack and Isabelle's narratives in a way that it becomes very apparent where the story is going. This "tipping of the hat" approach goes far beyond just Jack and the princesses relationship, with Stanley Tucci's deceitful intentions being giving away far too early in the narrative. The one aspect that Singer deserves credit for is how well the film creates this "fairy tale" like atmosphere. Jack's story is obviously right out of a fairy-tale and the film does a good job at not ignoring the source. Being bookended by children being told bedtime stories, as well as a cute way of relating the story to modern times, Singer is able to pay homage to the bedtime stories, which so many of us enjoyed as children. Jack The Giant Killer is easy to digest and enjoyable enough I suppose, it's just another one of those average spectacle films which are instantly forgettable upon the closing credits.
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