Yes. I’m late to the game. This week I watched Jack the Giant Slayer for the first time despite the fact it came out last year. I bought the film last month and kept putting off watching it, I just wasn’t keen on it. Please don’t make the same mistake as me because Jack the Giant Slayer is genuinely amazing.
Let’s start with the mass amount of stars in this film. Every second there’s another star, a big name, a big face. It appears like all the great actors in Hollywood came out of the woodwork to do this project. Here’s a list of who’s in it: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Eleanor Tomlinson, Christopher Fairbank, Warwick Davis and Bill Nighy and that’s not even all of them! Even if you don’t recognise the names of these actors, you’ll definitely recognise their faces. Another thing about these actors is that you may not typically put them together, like Hoult and McGregor but the onscreen chemistry just works so well in showing the characters relationship and its development. Side note: Hoult’s and McGregor’s accents alone were good enough to make me watch the film again, so if that’s the only reason you watch the film I wouldn’t blame you.
But if knowing who’s in the film isn’t enough to entice you into watching it, what about the interpretation of the original fairytale? If you can’t tell by the title, Jack the Giant Slayer is a reimagining of the much older fairytale Jack and the Giant Bean Stalk. I love fairytales, I love their feel-good attitude, their combination of good vs. evil, the mixture of all different emotions and use of techniques found in all different genres; Jack the Giant Slayer is no exception. This film includes a good bit of humour, good wholesome romance and good ol’ action.
It goes without saying that Giants are the ‘baddie’ of this film; their portrayal was phenomenally well done. They were so gruesome, as they were meant to be, that I heard myself audibly going ‘ewww’, ‘ahh’ and ‘errrr’ throughout as I became enraptured in something that was made so realistic that it could actually be a living creature in this world, despite being the complete opposite. It was this that added to the tension in the film to the point where I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen.
In addition, the make-up and costume for this film was exceptionally well done especially for Ewan McGregor. He just looked brilliant through-out.
And finally, this film had a very cyclic nature about it which I really liked by, without giving too much of a spoiler, showing the growth of both Ewan’s character Elmont, and Nicholas’ Jack and the growth of their friendship.
I really enjoyed this film, as you can tell, and hopefully you will too!
PS. For all of those who have watched the film already, isn’t the sausage roll scene brilliant!?