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What to know: "Jack The Giant Slayer" tells the familiar story of Jack and the Beanstalk with an entertaining twist.
Recommended age 13-18
114 minutes
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"Jack The Giant Slayer" tells the familiar story of Jack and the Beanstalk with an entertaining twist. Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is a farm boy who grew up hearing stories of a time long ago when giants and men were at war in the kingdom. You know that he goes to the market, comes back with magic beans, spills them and a giant beanstalk grows all the way up to a magic land, but here's the twist. The Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) is captured by the giants and Jack, along with the kingdoms guardians, has to rescue her. But, they are betrayed by Roderick, the Princess' elderly fianc´┐Że and the whole kingdom has to fight against the giants to save the land.

I really enjoyed this movie. I absolutely love the more modern twist on this age-old tale. One thing that I really enjoyed about the story line is when, at the end of the film, it shows the story being passed down from generation to generation and shows how the story gets "misinterpreted" into being the fairy tale we've all heard.

The CGI animation is very good. It isn't one of those movies that blows me away with special effects and cinematography, but it is definitely well-made.

My favorite character is Jack because I really enjoy Nicholas Hoult in this film. He is the British actor who recently starred in "Warm Bodies" and has played supporting roles in many other films such as "X-Men: First Class" and "Clash of the Titans." He has also starred in the British TV series "Skins" which I am absolutely obsessed with. I love his acting skills when it comes to conveying emotion in a very simple way. Not only do I love Nicholas Hoult, but I really enjoy the fact that Jack is just a farm boy and he is given the chance to prove himself as more than a commoner. He never gives up and he shows that he is clever and there is more to him than meets the eye.

I like that in the first few scenes of the movie it cuts back and forth between Jack and Princess Isabelle as children. It shows their parents reading them the stories of the days when giants and men fought in the kingdom and later in the film it cuts back and forth between the two arguing with their parents. I like these scenes because it shows that even though they were brought up in different ways and live completely different lives, they still have a lot in common.

One thing I want to mention is that the ending is very intense. It's not necessarily scary, but it's very suspenseful and I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat for the last 30 - 45 minutes. The film seems like its ending and I thought that there would be a second film to finish off the story, but then it continues to show the giants attacking the kingdom. This has its pros and cons. The good thing about putting the rescue of the Princess and the invasion of the city all into one film is that I honestly don't think there is enough material to make a second film. The bad thing about this is I feel like the last half hour is very rushed and hectic. Everything happens really fast and I feel like something should have been embellished. Then again, it is an hour and 54 minutes so adding anything else would make the film to long.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it is very entertaining and is a wonderful adaptation of the fairytale that has been passed down for generations. I think it's suitable for ages 10 and up because there is no foul language or sexual scenes but there is action, suspense and violence. I think everyone will enjoy this movie because it has action, adventure, comedy, romance, fantasy, drama and it's a classic story! So go check out "Jack the Giant Slayer" in theaters March 1, 2013. Raven Devanney, age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This movie is the best movie I have ever seen! For me that's saying a lot because I get to see a lot of movies. This movie has so much adventure and the 3D is really cool because it made everything pop out. This movie is awesome.

This movie is all about a guy named Jack who likes the princess but he is only a commodore. By accident the princess gets pushed up in the air by a bean stalk. Jack goes to bring her back and he has to fight a lot of giants along the way. This is when the movie has the most adventure and action. Jack decides that fighting giants is worth it to save the princess.

The main characters in this movie are Jack, Isabella, Rodrick and the giants. My favorite character is Jack because he is risking his life to save the princess, Isabella, and does it. He goes through a really awesome journey that all people would like to do. He is such a good guy and is really smart when he needs to be.

My favorite part in this movie is when Jack kills his first giant. He gets the princess out of the cage and saves another soldier. He kills a giant but the kings best men could not. He saves the princess by sticking a knife in the giants back and the giant starts walking around until his back hit the wall and the knife went all the way through him. It was really cool.

I would recommend this movie for ages 10 and up. It is rated PG-13 because there is a lot of violence and suspense that could scare a younger audience. Kids ten and older will love this movie because it has everything you could want; action and suspense. Anthony Aranda, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language.
The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.
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