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Rated PG-13 · 113 minutes · 2013
Ancient fairy tale catches Lord of the Rings fever, with a touch of Terry Gilliam and The Princess Bride thrown in. Director Bryan Singer achieves mixed results with a pretty princess (Eleanor Tomlinson), a stalwart peasant lad (Nicholas Hoult), an evil usurper (hammy Stanley Tucci), a noble knight (Ewan McGregor), a worried king (Ian McShane), and a mess of ugly CGI giants. Singer and his writing crew have a nice climax opportunity at the 75-minute mark, but continue on for 35 minutes of castle-bashing and monster-splattering instead. Surprisingly enough, it’s not entirely stupid. Darren Lemke and David Dobkin wrote the story, then helped Christopher McQuarrie write the screenplay. Oh, one other more movie reference we forgot: André Øvredal’s Trollhunter. (115 min.)
Official Site: jackthegiantslayer.warnerbros.com
Director: Bryan Singer
Producer: Neal H. Moritz, David Dobkin, Bryan Singer, Patrick McCormick, Ori Marmur, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco and John Rickard
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Christopher Fairbank, Simon Lowe, Mingus Johnston, Ralph Brown, Joy McBrinn, Chris Brailsford, Warwick Davis, Craig Salisbury and Peter Bonner

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