It is perceived when a genre or, in this case, subgenre, is more than saturated when exemplars of relatively agreeable characteristics, where in other times they could draw much attention, are received with a certain distrust and / or contempt. This first sentence can be attributed to the unfortunate case of the new Hollywood venture in the world of fairy tales, Jack the Giant Slayerr, adventurous “re-imagination” of the classic story of John and the Beanstalk. Not far from the work directed by the American Bryan Singer (X-Men 2) should enter the list of the best films of the season, but also does not deserve to be among the worst. Supported by innumerable clichés, recurring situations, beat technology, and unimaginative art direction, it can be said that even with so many caveats, it easily parks in the midst of unpretentious entertainment.
Set in the Middle Ages and using the basic storyline from which it originates, Jack the Giant Slayer brings our protagonist, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) as a charismatic, half-naive boy, fond of books And the old stories his father told him as a child about the Giants who inhabited Earth centuries ago. Seen by the populace as only ancient, fanciful fables, these stories alluded to a population of grotesque conquering colossi who had been subjugated by a fearless human King who wielded a magical crown. Such an enchanted artifact forced those immense beings to exile themselves in a kingdom located in the clouds and without direct access to Earth. Young Jack’s way begins to meet these ancient tales when his old uncle asks him to go to town to sell the only horse on the farm that he has left.
With evident financial problems, the idea of ​​Jack is to arrive at the city and to dispose of the animal in exchange of some currencies. He did not expect the boy who at a circus show would meet Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) and soon after a Monk would push him to the biggest adventure of his life. In parallel, Jack’s plot, The Giant Hunter also brings us a plot being architected against King Brahmwell (Ian McShane – Pirates of the Caribbean – Sailing in Mysterious Waters). The plan’s mentor is the knight known as Roderick (Stanley Tucci). Seen as distinct, the articulator Roderick also pretends to be the Princess’s hand, but in fact, he longs to find the mythical magical beans that can give birth to huge trees that lead to the legendary kingdom of the giants. And in possession of the ancient magic crown, the conspirator knight thinks to dominate the army of giants and uses them to conquer all the existing kingdoms.
In the accidental encounter, the Monge passes the beans to Jack, with the recommendation never to wet them. Of course a providential storm does all the “dirty” work, even on the same day that the Princess decides to flee the castle and, in such a great kingdom, to our hero’s house. Forced irony of fate? Even with a script written with six hands, I believe it is too much to demand depth of such a minimalist story and that in sum is not turned to the children’s audience. To meet such needs of interesting problems, after the huge trees are born, the plot causes the Princess to be kidnapped by the giants. Now a certain Jack, allied to the King’s guards led by the erased character of Ewan McGregor (The Impossible), and still accompanied by Roderick, need to venture into the realm of clouds. In this difficult climb, director Bryan Singer takes the opportunity to entertain the public with an ordinary 3D, but that fulfills his role of causing his vertigo.

As I said at the beginning of the text, Jack, The Giant Hunter is a movie that does not bother you so much if seen without much expectation. For those who usually accompany the recent mainstream productions of recent American cinema, the déjà vu sensation will be inevitable. For example, one of the giants holds two heads, one smarter and one less intelligent. It does not quite create a personality conflict, even because the “big guys” are often shown as fools, but it is difficult not to remember the Sméagol of The Lord of the Rings. In short, a typical conceptual product, where the image of the poster The story is escapist abstraction that yields a few moments of entertainment, not that they are going to be relevant as a culture, but can yield some enjoyable hours in the company of friends and family.

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