Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Review

It’s not bad, it’s good but nothing more and if that’s okay with you then yeah it’s a fun movie to watch and the kids will love it. The story is alright as well as the cast and dialogue, some moments even made me laugh on purpose. The visuals are good and I had fun with it. My only problems come with Bryan Singer and his relentless path to making good films but nothing more and am not sure if it’s because he isn’t a great director or he’s just unlucky but not one of his films has ever blew me away, there just alright. Oh crap he’s going to do the same to days of futures past.

“I may not be the hero of this story, but at least I get to see the end of it!”



“Jack the Giant Slayer” tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend-and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended

Story: 60% Acting: 70% Characters: 65% Dialogue: 60%

Fantasy/Action: 70% Style/Sound: 65% Visuals: 80%

Total: 67%


The story was alright, had some fun with the new twist on the old tale but nothing really new, fun enough though. The acting was good and I liked some of the characters but it was all really forgettable. I did like Ewan McGregor and his character was my favourite part of the film, funny, heroic, and fits in really well with the ludicrous style of the film which I actually liked. Did anyone else go crazy and hear Davy Jones? Oh that was Bill Nighy doing the same voice as in Pirates of the Caribbean, didn’t know Giants did piracy in their spare time.


Since it’s a fairy-tale adaptation I would expect a more serious tone but pleasantly they went in a different direction and the lighter more make fun way of telling the story worked for me and I thought it was funny. Let’s face it a serious Jack and the bean stalk film wouldn’t really work and you wouldn’t believe it for a minute. However I do have to point out how retarded the studio was for giving this film a $200M budget, never seeing that again.


The visuals where good, weird but good and whilst I thought there was CGI overload everywhere nothing was bad or unwatchable. The giants looked good enough but being 100% CGI meant it had limitations especially on such a large scale. The stalk was good and the fantasy lands where great and so was the costumes as outlandish as they were.



The best reviews I found would be these “A story of daring do and social climbing, serving as an excuse for colossal battles with a load more orcs, the true purpose of the movie.” David Sexton. “Watchable in a ridiculous way, and director Bryan Singer supplies quite a bit of entertainment bang for your buck” Peter Bradshaw. “An honest swashbuckling romp with appealing pantomime overtones, and one of the better fairy tale films to date” Robbie Collin. “Set somewhere between heaven and earth, Singer’s slick but safe adventure occupies the middle ground of family matinee entertainment.” Anton Bitel.


My favourite scene would have to be I don’t the siege at the castle maybe, love a good siege and adding giants to the mix doesn’t hurt. Not much else really but its good overall. No wait anything with Ewan McGregor, he was really funny in this film.

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47 responses to “Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) Review”

  1. Nostra says :

    I didn’t like this movie at all. The tone was all over the place…a bit too violent for the kids and the story too childish for grownups. It really disappointed me and felt like a waste of a whole lot of money.


  2. Hypersonic55 says :

    Cool review man. Can’t believe you’ve actually watched this so long down the line after its original release. I really wasn’t keen on this film, I just felt like it was there and was watching but not really caring and I guess it didn’t help that I fell asleep in the film too. Ewan McGregor was the only thing keeping this film alive for me because he’s one of my favourite actors.

    I really hoped this film would be good being that it came from the same director as X-Men 1 & 2, but now that this film and Superman Returns failed to give the public want they wanted I’m very wary for Days of Future Past.


  3. Parlor of Horror says :

    Maybe singer should go back to making smaller movies and not the big effects blockbusters. However, I did like X-men and X2.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Yeah I liked X men but it wasn’t great, and we wont see a great version for ages because they wont reboot it until this continuation ends. I really want Days of Futures Past to be amazing but I know he cant do it which worries me 😦 I want sentinels!


  4. theipc says :

    I haven’t been getting any of your posts in email or the reader – what’s up???

    Nice work – this looks terrible to me…


  5. ruth says :

    Looks like you enjoyed this far more than I did. I thought it was pretty boring, which is a shame as the cast are so good! I feel bad for Ian McShane in that gold armor, even he looked so uncomfortable in this movie, ahah.


  6. Parlor of Horror says :

    Yeah, I agree, for whatever reason, the CGI of the giants wasn’t a bad eyesore as CGI becomes in other films – and the Giants were comic-bookish enough to support a fantasy/fairytale film look. I think it would have annoyed me more if the giants were really human looking.


  7. The Focused Filmographer says :

    yeah, this one was not good. ha. the visuals were too overly done. I think you are right in that Ewan was the only saving grace. I just was not “enchanted” with this one!

    fun review though


  8. Nerdy Girl Ramblings says :

    I’m actually pleasantly surprised by this review. I was super skeptical about this film when it was first released but intrigued purely due to the cast. I love Stanley Tucci and Ewan Macgregor but the story wasn’t really winning me over. I didn’t see it in theaters and only heard negative about it from those who did. I’d like to check it out at some point, I think.

    I completely agree with your view on Bryan Singer, the guy makes movies that should be, on paper, fantastic but for some reason they always end up disappointing. I mean the guy directed the TV show ‘House’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’ as well so he’s obviously capable of some really good stuff but I’m not sure why all these “should be awesome” movies turn out so “just OK”.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Well am glad you liked the review and you enjoy the film when you eventually see it 😀

      Its just annoying that he doesn’t make a great film and he keeps getting massive films to make with iconic characters, oh he’s going to ruin days of futures past. Its too big for him to handle and we’ll end up with another Last Stand on our hands 😦 Why did Matthew Vaughn have to leave?! WHY?!!!!


  9. Brian @ Hard Ticket to Home Video says :

    I’ve only seen trailers for this but the giants looked absolutely terrible to the point it totally turned me off to seeing it. And yes, Bryan Singer is ridiculously overrated.


  10. Zoë says :

    Nice review! I have yet to see this. It is not really high on my watch list, to be honest…


  11. sidekickreviews says :

    I’m a fan of Deadwood so it’s always good to see Ian McShane get some work.


  12. CMrok93 says :

    Good review Tim. It was as silly and dumb as you could get, but nonetheless, the movie still had fun with itself and allowed me to as well.


  13. Bubbawheat says :

    I didn’t read a whole lot of reviews when this was in theaters, but I got a generally negative vibe toward it. I watched it recently and also thought it was pretty ok. Ewan Macgregor was definitely the best part of the movie, but I wasn’t feeling any of the CGI giants except for Fallon’s main head. Everything else just looked awful.


  14. Victor De Leon says :

    Nice write up, Tim. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It didn’t knock my socks off but it was cool. And it had Ewan! 🙂


  15. Nick Powell says :

    Heh. Looks like a decent middle of the road kind of movie. Nice to have on while you’re doing something else so you don’t have to pay complete attention to. Nice job.


  16. keith7198 says :

    I thought this was an alright little family movie. Not a lot of staying power but decent.


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