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Jack The Giant Slayer (2D) (English)
Bryan Singer ("X-Men") takes on a very different approach in this modern fairytale of gigantic proportions. Peace has long reigned over men and the giants, until one day, a young farmhand (Hoult) unwittingly unlocks a gateway between the human world and the fearsome giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land that they were drove out of, forcing Jack into a battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess (Tomlinson), he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legends and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
Classification: P13
Genre: Adventure / Drama / Fantasy
General Release Date: 28 Feb 2013
Running Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson
Director: Bryan Singer

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Watch this if you liked: “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”

Expect rich pickings of fairy tale-based movies in the cinemas this year. Earlier in the year we had "Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters" based on the Grimm brother's story of Hansel and Gretel and now we have "Jack The Giant Slayer" based on the English folktale Jack and the Beanstalk. Plus, pretty soon we would have the movie, "Oz The Great And Powerful", loosely based on the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

First things first, "Jack The Giant Slayer" starts with the younger form of both the male (Jack) and female (Isabelle) protagonist introducing their world's background in the form of bedtime stories told by their parents. Apparently, this medieval land has a history of war against giant beings. Giants came down to this world after monks, seeking enlightenment, planted magical beans. Humans won that war after they had forged a crown from the heart of a giant. That crown is able to command all giants. The story fast forwards 10 years to a grown up Jack (played by Nicholas Hoult) and Isabelle (played by Eleanor Tomlinson). Here it follows the familiar tale; Jack has an animal he must sell in the market, he wants to sell it but somehow manages to end up trading it for beans. He claims they are magical beans, but his guardian refuses to believe it and throws them away. Now here's the twist, Princess Isabelle came to Jack's hut the night the beanstalk transports the hut into the land of giants. And so begins Jack's quest to save the princess (there wasn't any princess-saving in the original tale) with the King's men. However, a traitor with plans of his own is in their midst.

Bryan Singer, the director of this film, made a bold move by hiring fresh faces for the major roles in this blockbuster. Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson, the two main protagonists, has more screen time than other A-list actors in this movie like Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Ewen Bremner, to name a few.

The special effects team for this movie did a really good job animating the giants and the beanstalk. There is visible variety among the giants. They can be told apart from their clothes, hair, face, or body size. General Fallon is well animated, considering his two heads have to be independent of each other.

In conclusion, this movie is perfect for the little ones. They will greatly enjoy watching the giants and their antics. Just don't blame the movie if they start asking odd questions about the original fairy tale.


Bagi aku cerita ni biasa-biasa je. kalau nak dibandingkan dengan Oz The Great and Powerful tu, aku rasa lebih seronok dan teruja dengan filem Oz tu. Dari segi CGI memang terbaiklah, yalah filem barat, kan. CGI dia memang canggih dan nampak sangat real. Tak boleh nak dinafikan. Memang terbaik.

Plot cerita macam sama sebijik macam cerita dongeng asalnya Jack dengan kacang ajaib tu. Tak ada yang di thrill kan. Sama je. Cerita ni satu jam 55 minit je termasuk title kredit. Dia punya thrill tu sikit je. Tak banyak pun. Kat tengah cerita sikit masa pokok kacang tu nak naik ke langit dan kat hujung sikit. Tu pun tak sempat gergasi tu nak melawan, dah kalah... adeh.... sangat kecewa. Perjalanan plot lebih banyak bercakap dan aksi memanjat pokok. Tidak banyak aksi yang mendebarkan.

Tapi menonton filem ni tetap seronok sebab CGI dia yang memang sangat nampak realnya. Hehehe.... Tak rugilah tengok. Ada dua versi jugak macam Oz. Versi 2D dan 3D. Kalau memang suka tengok yang 3D boleh layan dan mungkin boleh pegang hujan yang menitis dan api yang marak. Kalau yang tak tahan pening pakai cermin mata 3D tu, lebih baik tengok yang 2D je...

Dari 5 bintang aku kasih 3.9 bintang...

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