The Grade Book: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

Jack the Giant Slayer

Plot: A farm boy and a group of others set out to save a princess from giants. 

Director: Bryan Singer.

Writers: Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dan Studney.

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, and Stanley Tucci.

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy.

Running Time: 1 hour and 54 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Jack the Giant Slayer is a solid fantasy-adventure that will please both kids and adults. It also features some outstanding CGI.



  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B

Another worthy effort from Mr. Singer, who I love as a filmmaker. It’s fun and entertaining throughout, even when the giants look a little silly and cartoonish. And all of the human actors are likable as well. I’m surprised this didn’t suck.

  • Nick Iacobucci:

Grade: B

Fee Fi Fo Fum, Jack and the Giants are a whole lotta fun! Enough action for adults, kids will love the special effects, and just a good time at the theater.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: B

Is it generic, bland, and something we’ve seen before? Yes. But is it a bad movie? No, in fact it’s the first genuinely fun movie of the year (aside from Warm Bodies). Bryan Singer takes a tired concept and molds it into solid entertainment! You won’t be telling your kids about this movie one day, but it’s worth a watch!

  • Zachary Marsh:

Grade: B-

This is a really stupid movie overall, but it was a fun type of stupid that’s great to see with a bunch of friends. This is a modern campy movie that is forgettable but a fun two-hour popcorn flick overall. Unnecessary 3D as well.

  • Scott Menzel (MovieManMenzel):

Grade: B

After reading and hearing about this film for what seems like five years now, Jack the Giant Slayer makes its way to theaters. The film, despite its lame-ass marketing campaign, is a ton of fun and has something for all age groups. If you enjoy things that give a new spin on fairy tale creatures and stories, I would almost guarantee that you will enjoy this film. A solid popcorn flick, and it has great CGI.

  • Steven Merced:

Grade: B

Bryan Singer shows us that it is possible to take an old fairy tale and give it a modern twist, polish it up real nice, and give the audience a good time. I thought the average CGI and character development kept the movie from being a grand fantasy-adventure film. The film does deliver on thrill ride excitement, fun action sequences, and very good acting from all of the leads. With 2013 not starting out well with films, Jack the Giant Slayer is a fun time for all ages.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B

The writing (it just goes through the steps when it comes to fantasy-adventures) and some of the acting really brings Jack the Giant Slayer down. But the film has solid direction by Bryan Singer, and the visuals (especially the beanstalk) are very impressive. I also enjoyed the music score and some of the cinematography, which helped make the film more epic.

  • Brandt Sohn:

Grade: C+

Bryan Singer gives this film great direction, but the constant tone changes and pacing holds this movie back. Still, it is worth a watch and is a fairly entertaining movie that kids are sure to enjoy more than adults.

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