The CGI wizards in Hollywood have taken an old fairy tale and made it into kind of a big video game. This time Jack climbs the beanstalk to encounter not just one giant, but a whole village of them in "Jack the Giant Slayer."
Shot in 3D and packed with CGI, director Bryan Singer uses his skills to create a whole new story that kids may love. Sure, there is a little romance and some gross-out vulgar humor but, hey, they are giants after all.
The CGI is a bit over the top, but that is the way these fantasy movies are made these days. A great acting cast includes Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, and Nicholas Hoult (who plays Jack).
The giants are supposed to be scary, but, in fact, they seem a bit comical to me. Are there any flaws in this movie ? Sure…but I'm pretty confident this film is targeting a younger audience, so it should do just fine.
The Flick-O-Meter gives "Jack the Giant Slayer" a 3 out of 5. Nothing says fun like a bunch of big, lumbering, gross giants but, after a while, the CGI gave me a headache. Then again, that just may be the hangover after last week's Oscars.
The movie is playing at the Studio Movie Grill in Duluth.