I smell the blood of an Englishman,
Be he alive, or be he dead
I’ll have his bones to grind my bread.”
Personally, I’m not a great fan of fairy tales, so when the Offspring suggested we watch Jack the Giant Slayer, I didn’t leap off the sofa to load the disc into the DVD player.
The basic problem with fairy tales is their propensity for extreme violence and even with a low rated BBFC rating, I assumed that I would not be finding the experience enjoyable.
The actuality proved to be quite different.
A faithful old horse, who put in a gallop that would have shamed a steeplechaser, attracted my interest and had the family cheering as he made it to safety.
A hero in the grown up shape of ‘that boy’ from About A Boy, proved to be entertaining and unassuming. Ewan McGregor was … in Star Wars mode, but still delivered value for money as Captain of the King’s Guard. Especially when a giant cook was trying to turn him into a sausage roll. Good old Ian McShane looked suitably regal as he strutted about in impossibly impractical gold armour.
Inevitably, CGI played a starring role in turning the giants into a suitably nasty rabble, but the people and green screens worked seamlessly to good effect.
The nice twist, came at the end with a scene at the Tower of London, but I’ll say no more about this, in case you’d like to see it.
Overall? 7/10. Better than expected, but I think I’m on my own in saying this. It wasn’t a great success for Legendary Pictures, who allegedly lost over $125M on this bedtime story.
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