Jack the Giant Slayer is Hollywood’s retelling of an old folktale. It is the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand opens a gateway between our world and the world of fearsome race of giants.
Unleashed on earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave but rebellious princess (Isabelle), he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
The film added a wrinkle to the old fairy tale; a long-standing feud between the giants who live in the sky and Isabelle’s forefathers. Jack with the help of Elmont climbed the giant beanstalk to the sky to rescue the princess.
Princess Isabelle is brave and rebellious and that she does not want to marry Roderick, a devious guy her father approve of.
The film is the old Jack & the Beanstalk folktale but with spruced up with visual effects and state of the art battle action scenes, mainly computer generated. It is a re-telling of the old fairy tale with some subtle additions.
The film is visually impressive specially the giants. There is some corny humor in the film like the giants’ flatulence and one giant’s urge to pick his nose. The movie lacks character development but then the demographic for its intended audience is the male teenagers.