The story of Jack and the bean stalk has been a bedtime story for children for many generations. A story of a young boy who lacks common sense, accepts a bag of beans in exchange for his farm animal. Then one night, tossed out from Jack's home, the beans sprouted in an enormous vine column that reached the heavens and thus began Jack's epic adventure. The movie, “Jack, the Giant Slayer,” directed by Bryan Singer, gives a old fairy tale a new twist for audience's entertainment.
Starting Nicholas Hoult as Jack and Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle, the movie begins with the opening of their daily lives. As the story unfolds, Jack is swayed by a mysterious monk whose stolen a bag of magical beans in hopes of safe keeping from the diabolic plans of conquest from Lord Roderick, played by Stanley Tucci. Jack's uncle, actor Christopher Fairbank, is disgusted with Jack's lack of common sense and throws the beans about the cabin, all were recovered except one. Later that evening the princess decides to leave the castle to avoid her obligations her father, King Brahmwell, played by Ian McShane, placed over her to wed Lord Roderick. As night fell, a torrential storm made the princess escape unbearable and sought shelter only to find the home of Jack. After a few minutes of awkward tension, they confided with one another only to be interrupted by a sudden shaking of the cabin. Underneath the floor boards rested a magical bean, now wet from the storm, began to sprout enormously to almost biblical botanical proportions. Lifted from it's foundation the cabin swooped by the growing vine, towards the heavens, a one way trip to the world of the Giants where General Fallon rules the land, played my Bill Nighy.
King Brahmwell mounted a search party to rescue his daughter from the Giants. With the help of Jack, Sir. Elmont, played by Ewan McGregor, Lord Roderick began to climb the bean stalk in hopes of finding the princess and returning safely back home. The move is entertaining with numerous funny scenes and stomach turning moments. Though “Jack, the Giant Slayer” is rated as PG-13, I do recommend that children under ten years of age should not watch it due to it's scenes of giant enjoying their favorite meal, human hor dourves. Overall the movie is fun to watch with older children, family, and dates of all kinds.
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