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Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  1 March 2013 (USA)
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The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

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Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack's house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king's guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Jack the Giant Killer  »

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$195,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,202,226 (USA) (1 March 2013)

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$65,171,860 (USA) (7 June 2013)
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Jamie Campbell Bower was considered for the role of Jack, but he was unable to audition due to a broken ankle injury suffered while filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). See more »

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The bell thrown at the castle by the giants changes broken shape from when it lands and when Jack and the princess ride off on Jack's horse to light the beacon. See more »

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Jack: Matching armor. Nice. You look beautiful.
Isabelle: Thank you.
Jack: They're waiting for you. But...
[Jack grabs his book from his pocket and gives it to Isabelle]
Jack: To remember me by.
[Isabelle looks at it, but does not take it]
Isabelle: I won't need any help remembering.
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The Bad Hat Harry logo contains silhouettes of giants, who are first seen from a human point-of-view (their feet are seen stomping around) before they seen in their entirety. See more »

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Fine retelling of the familiar story
27 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, the title character and a runaway princess are thrust into the sky when vines sprouting from the magic beans vault Jack's cabin into the sky. A race of giants exiled there by the power of a magic crown plots to return below and recapture the human kingdom. The King sends a rescue party of his knights and the princess's evil fiancé to rescue the princess, and the evil prince uses the magical crown in an attempt to seize the power of the giants to take over the kingdom.

It was refreshing to find a non ironic, non meta straightforward telling of this story, with some elements of charm and humor. The 3D is fairly unspectacular, although there are great sequences, such as the collapse of the vine which causes catastrophic damage below. The body count, for a family film, is quite high, surpassing some of the later Harry Potter movies. It is also notable that there are virtually no females in either the giants' or human's realm. The cast is fine, and Nicholas Hoult makes a fine Jack, and brings more life and personality to the role than he did earlier this year with "Warm Bodies."

Most elements of the film work quite well and it has the potential to work alongside dark family fare like "The Never Ending Story" or "The Dark Crystal."


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