“Fee. Fi. Fo. Fum.
Ask not whence the thunder comes.”
So begins Jack the Giant Slayer, a movie coming out on March 1st, which I was fortunate enough to pre-view tonight.
First thing I’ll say is, this is not the Jack your parents read you nursery stories about. As the name might imply, this movie is the big-brother version of “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and should be treated accordingly. No profanity that I remembered, and no sexuality (the two of which would make me recommend this movie even if it had only been mediocre). What makes this movie mature is the violence.
Now, it’s not overly gory (though there is some small amount of squick factor), but, as we all know, giants ‘grind your bones for their bread’ and the like. That’s a part of this movie, though not ever explicitly shown on screen.
With that disclaimer out of the way, I will say that Jack the Giant Slayer is one of the best movies I’ve seen recently, certainly far better than the commercials made it out to be. It built up to an initial conflict about half an hour into the movie, while giving back story and character exposition, and the action doesn’t let down until the end. Surprisingly, it manages to hold the thrill all the way through and even escalate it for the final confrontation.
I’d also like to recognize Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan in Star Wars II and III, the only decent actor in those movies), for his excellent supporting role in this movie. He made me laugh and cheer at all the right times.
I won’t go into too much more detail without spoiling it, but suffice it to say that this children’s bedtime story has been retold as an epic fantasy adventure that would rank high on any list I make. 10/10