"Thrilling Re-Telling of a Fabled Favorite"
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER is a fantastic, epic, entertaining twist on the English folktale Jack and the Beanstalk. It stars Nicholas Hoult as Jack, a poor farm boy.
The story opens with Jack stumbling on magical beans that he traded for his uncle’s horse and carriage. Isabelle, the adventure-seeking princess of the kingdom, sneaks out one rainy night to escape the confines of her cloister. She ends up seeking shelter at Jack’s farm. The magical beans spill out of Jack’s pocket, sending Jack’s house along with princess Isabelle skyward toward the dangerous land of the giants between heaven and earth.
What follows is the story of all the king’s men and the unlikely “everyman” farm boy on their quest to save Isabelle from the terrible giants, who have an appetite for human flesh.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER is a fun, thrilling, Christian fantasy adventure of one man’s quest to save the kingdom, rescue the damsel in distress and face his biggest fears. The movie is directed well and firmly holds the viewer’s attention throughout. Even better, the main characters promote self-sacrifice, bravery, honor, and courage during the journey to rescue the princess. There are many Christian allegorical elements as well as redemptive scenes of forgiveness, faith-filled king, queen, princess, and monks, and a crown of glory fashioned by the monks.
The movie is rated PG-13 mainly for intense scenes of CGI animated violence. For example, the giants bite heads off of the humans, giants and humans fall to their deaths from the cliffs and beanstalks, and several violent war scenes occur. Caution is advised, therefore, for younger viewers.
(CCC, BBB, Ro, L, VV, A) Very strong Christian worldview with strong Christian elements of self-sacrifice, talk about finding God and wanting to find God, blessing “May God help you,” statements “Thank God” and “owe it to God,” monks, king, queen, princess, and others pray to God, a burial scene showing a soldier praying, crosses, monks fashion a crown of glory to defeat evil (1 Peter 5:4), talk about heaven and hell and evil and good, chapel scenes, and very strong moral elements of humility, loyalty, service, obedience, kindness, grace, honesty, and many others, as well as Romantic elements such as “marry for love” and idealized medieval society; very few light obscenities including “p*ss off,” “like hell” and “hell of a time”; several scenes of violence including giants biting heads off of villagers, sword fight scene, hero stabs giant in back with knife, giants plunge to death from beanstalk, but no blood and gore though several scenes require caution for younger viewers; no sexual content besides light kissing between princess and Jack and some female cleavage; no nudity but some female cleavage; some alcohol use by the giants during a dining scene; and, dastardly villain is thoroughly defeated and giants bow to crown of glory.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER is the story of Jack, a poor farm boy who stumbles upon magical beans he traded for his uncle’s horse and carriage. Isabelle, the adventure-seeking princess of the kingdom, sneaks out one rainy night to escape the confines of her cloister. She ends up seeking shelter at Jack’s farm. The magical beans spill out of Jack’s pocket. This sends Jack’s house along with Isabelle skyward toward the dangerous land of the giants between heaven and earth. What follows is a quest to rescue Isabelle from the giants and save the kingdom.
JACK THE GIANT SLAYER is a thrilling fantasy adventure. It’s directed well and firmly holds the viewer’s attention throughout its running time. Even better, the main characters promote self-sacrifice, bravery, honor, and courage during their challenging journey to rescue the princess. There are many Christian elements and redemptive scenes of forgiveness in JACK THE GIANT SLAYER. However, the movie contains intense scenes of CGI action violence. Also, the giants bite the heads off of some humans. Caution for younger viewers is advised for JACK THE GIANT SLAYER.