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sreekirch's Movie Reviews (88)

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Jack the Giant Slayer 
Giant Absurdity
2/4 stars

Giant Absurdity! I am slightly repulsive with the title. The Giant Slayer. Alright folks, time to face the truth. Did Jack slay the giants in this film? Well probably two of them. But neither were slayed. It was all a dipstick stereotype and it is clear that Byran Singer (Superman Returns fame) was preposterous in filming. Nicholas Hoult and Evan McGregor were just like dolls facing the CGI giants, in their attempt to save the princess from being cooked. Where is the fun? Where is the energy? Loony in all aspects, enters this all absurd adventure film. The word “Slayer” means some power or some force with which killings are to be done. Singer should have named it as Giant Killer, instead of going harsh on the term.

If the third act (giants throwing fire trees, humans hitting fire arrows) could be given a passing grade, on the whole this film falls flat. McQuarrie’s screenplay neither had energy nor wit to take it a positive sign. The giants who look somewhat irksome in their appeal should have tore the screen for a gigantic epic climax. But all it was a simple lame ending for a overwhelming premise it had. If there are brownie points in this film, that would be the visuals and the perfect use of CGI. It had predictability and the worst here is the plot which never seemed ending. At one point of time, I thought that the film has ended. But no, it was just a trailer to wait for the big one to open up. Indeed clever! Singer. You have saved the day for the good third act. But the rest 90 minutes! You better dose off there.

So this is a preposterous film (Just like the Hobbit) trying to be nice, just missed the mark by many inches. Giving it a passing grade would be harsh in term. But I would ask Singer to work hard if he plans for another adventure film.


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