Film review: Jack the Giant Slayer
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (12A)
THE English folktale of Jack And The Beanstalk is given a smart CGI-heavy makeover in Bryan Singer's fast-paced fantasy, starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson and Ewan McGregor.
Jack The Giant Slayer takes the familiar story of magic beans and a blood-thirsty behemoth as the foundations for a delightfully old-fashioned tale of derring-do replete with a boo-hiss villain and swooning damsel in distress.
Jack The Giant Slayer establishes a cracking pace and there are few pauses between the breathlessly orchestrated set pieces.
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Digital effects meld smoothly with live action, including a protracted sequence of the giants storming King Brahmwell's castle. Hoult is an endearing hero, plagued by a fear of heights .
Parents may want to view the film before unleashing very young children into this fairytale realm because the violence is quite strong for a 12A certificate.
But the bloodshed isn't gratuitous and Singer keeps most of the dismemberment off screen or blurred in the background.