Hollywood has become obsessed with replaying the same old, trite tales on the silver screen, making it difficult to even muster up the desire to leave the house to see a film. Just like so many of the recent blockbusters, “Jack the Giant Slayer” rehashes a story from childhood in a way the producers can only hope is original.
In Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Slayer”, Jack, a young farm boy played by Nicholas Hoult, unintentionally opens a bridge between the world of the giants and our own realm. He is then thrown into a whirlwind adventure in which he must save the princess with whom he has fallen in love and push back the invading giants.
The distinct lack of original storytelling in the movie gets rid of any rewatchability that the movie could have had, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the movie at least a little bit. The visual effects in “Jack the Giant Slayer” were absolutely magnificent, leaving the viewer captivated as if they were watching a piece of moving artwork. Each scene was purposefully crafted with particular attention to framing, color and light. Despite the movie’s gorgeous aesthetics, however, the lack of solid or original storyline left the viewer only wanting more.