Jack the Giant Slayer

2013 | 113 minutes | Rated PG-13

Nicholas Hoult plays a fine Jack: He's dumb as a post but likable, not to mention unbelievably pretty. Pretty, dumb, and likable essentially sets the tone for Jack the Giant Slayer. We get all the standard reinvented-fairy-tale elements, including a brash young princess in search of adventure, an evil sleazebag betrothed to said princess, and an army of evil CGI giants. There are no surprises, but a few moments—especially the first tense scene that reveals the giant—are notably well-crafted. It's inoffensive and entirely forgettable, but it crams in enough rock-headed charm and SFX wizardry to pass the time. (PAUL CONSTANT)

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Film Credits
Bryan Singer
Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Christopher Fairbank, Simon Lowe, Mingus Johnston, Ralph Brown, Joy McBrinn, Chris Brailsford, Warwick Davis, Craig Salisbury, Peter Bonner