Metal Arcade: Zack Kircher writes:
Jack the Giant Slayer is as generic as fantasy films get.
Hollywood is seemingly obsessed with “darker” fairy tale films these days. Ever since this craze began with Tim Burton’s live-action sequel to Alice in Wonderland, there have been many different artistic visions and twists on beloved fairy tales – Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz the Great and Powerful, and the recent hit Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters are all examples. Now we have Jack the Giant Slayer: a film that takes elements from the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk and its sister story Jack the Giant Killer. The main thing that excited me about this film is the fact that Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) directed this project. He even re-teamed with longtime collaborator Christopher McQuarrie (who won an Academy Award for the script of The Usual Suspects). Despite featuring big name talent such as Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and Warm Bodies star Nicholas Hoult, Jack the Giant Slayer proves to be just another disappointment.