Jack the Giant Slayer

jack‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ was decent enough effort of a film, but for what had been thought of as a big-budget blockbuster, it does come up short, much like 2012’s ‘John Carter’ and ‘Battleship’.

The one thing that I really did enjoy about this ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ was also what is possibly its biggest downfall and that is the job that Ewan McGregor as Elmont, leader of the King’s Elite Guard.  McGregor does steal his scenes and overshadow anyone else that appears on-screen with him.

Director Bryan Singer directed the film natively in 3D and at times it was very noticeable, but not in a good way, especially with a couple of shots that were done from the vantage point of one of the giants while looking down on the humans.  This managed to take me out of the film on those occasions, and that is not what you are looking for when you go to see a movie.

Aside from those few moments, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ is yet another visually stunning film on the whole, something that is becoming quite the running theme in movies from Hollywood as of late, but despite that, it could not overcome a fairly light script.

In the end, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ ends up being just another story that was full of potential that ended up coming up flat, and on this one, that ends up being the fault of a lack of character development.  For the most part the characters seemed wooden and lacking any kind of depth, and that severely hurt this film.

If you get a chance to see ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ on a Tuesday in 2D, go for it, otherwise, I would suggest waiting until you can watch it in the comfort of your own home for a $5 rental fee.

For all this and more, feel free to follow me on Twitter at @kymayer.  Cheers.

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