Every child has been read or told the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk." If we didn't remember anything else we all ran around saying, "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum, I spell the blood of an Englishman."
Director, Bryan Singer, held almost true to the story we are familiar with.
Everyone in the land, from the lowly farm boy Jack, to the royal princess, Isabelle, has been told the story of the magic beans and the beanstalk. "Once Upon a Time" there were magic beans created by the holy monks. The monks felt that they could plant the beans, climb the beanstalk and be closer to Heaven. However, when they reached the top of the beanstalk, they found Giants, who climb down the stalks and waged war on the humans below. The monks created a solution by making a crown that would control the Giants and send them back up the beanstalk, never to harm the humans again.
Jack (Nicholas Hault) takes the horse to market to sell for his uncle. While there he attempts to save a beautiful young maiden from the likes of brutes, only to find that the maiden is indeed the adventurous Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson). During a ruckus in the market, a monk trades Jack some beans for his horse and begs him to take the beans to the monastery, with the warning, "Do not let the beans get wet." Jack's uncle isn't pleased, throws the beans out and a storm is coming. You can all imagine what happens next. The Princess ends up in Giant land, Jack and the Kings Guards go after her, as well as the evil villain Roderick (played well by Stanley Tucci.)
I enjoyed the film. It was a fairy tale. The Giants were ugly and vulgar but they were a real community with nasty cooks, a code of hunting, and a leader with two heads. There weren't any women giants so I'm not sure how there came to be so many but that's another story. There was humor and I think if we really got to know them we might have found a giant or two we may have actually liked.
This rating for the film is PG-13 and I think that is about right. The giants do eat the humans so it may be a little scary for small tykes. I am sure there will be a sequel on the horizon.
SPEND THE MONEY and see JACK THE GIANT SLAYER in the theaters. The Giants may not fit on your TV Screen.