Movie Reviews

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer

      Alright guys. One could venture to say that things are turning around in life as I am finally getting my act together with regards for my future. Although some may say I love the 60-70 hour weeks but secretly, I do not, and so onwards to better things. A lot of good things have been happening as of late, however; I don't think I can say the same for the world of movies. Let's get specific. Movies centered on fantasies and folklore are spectacular to watch because of the its immense potential for imagination and creativity. Most importantly, people get off their asses to watch it in theaters because it's fun.
      When you think of Jack and the Bean Stalk what do you think about? What is the first thing that pops into your head? Is it the rhyme "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fumm?" Is it the idea of small beans turning into enormous beanstalks that touch the heavens? Or, is it the giants waiting in anticipation for the blood and bones of humans down below? Well, you'll find all that in Jack the Giant Slayer but not the one reason you went to go watch the movie in the first place: Fun. That something made me want to leave and try my luck with Oz the Great and Powerful midway. I don't even think I can put the inadequacies in one word.
      You know what, it may be a bit harsh but I'm not even going to talk about the plot because you know it already. Just add an all powerful crown and a bad sense of fashion into the mix and voilĂ , you have what you need to know.  
      In all honesty, I watched the movie thinking that it was going to be animated. What kills me is that it would have been ten times better if it was. One of the first things I wrote while watching the movie is, "Why is this movie half animated?" I have no choice but to compare it to the likes of the Lord of the Rings series. There's such a thin line in what a viewer thinks is real in a movie and Peter Jackson danced around that line magnificently. What happened Brian Singer? Couldn't you see what was glaring at you from the screen. I'm sorry to say it was uncomfortable watching it. What saved the movie was Ewan McGregor's haircut which stayed exactly the way it was for the flick's duration. It didn't matter how many times he was cooked, soaked, or beaten. Now that is truly remarkable.
      The other good thing that I got out of this viewing is that I got to see previews of two awesome movies that are coming up this summer: Pacific Rim and Man Of Steel. I can't wait for those! 

This movie gets a JPB rating of 3.5/10.