Jack the Giant Slayer is what happens when a critically acclaimed filmmaker decides to take the easy route and cash in on a trend. While hardly a disaster or a chore on the level of Snow White and the Huntsman or Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, other recent fairy tale adaptations, this uber-expensive historical epic-style take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale from the mind behind The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil and X2 is just as bizarre as it sounds. Yes, it’s enjoyable while it lasts, and Nicholas Hoult, who plays Jack, makes for an appealing hero. But a bland script and blander characters render it apt for in-flight viewing only. Think of it as A Princess Bride for dummies.
Jack the Giant Slayer is now out on DVD. It’s rated PG-13 for silliness.