Jack the Giant Slayer [movies]
When Jack, a young farmhand, accidentally opens a gateway to the world of Giants an ancient war restarts as the giants, thought only of as legend, try to reclaim the world they lost centuries ago. Jack is forced into a fight to not only save his own life, but that of those in the kingdom and that of the princess.
– Nicholas Hoult as Jack, a young farmer who leads the expedition to rescue the princess. Hoult was selected from a short list of actors that included Aaron Johnson and Aneurin Barnard.
– Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle, the princess who is kidnapped by giants. Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins and Juno Temple also screen tested for the role.
– Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick, an adviser to the king with designs on usurping power.
– Ian McShane as King Brahmwell, the princess’ father, who is none too thrilled about a union between his daughter and a farmer boy.
– Bill Nighy and John Kassir as Fallon, the two-headed leader of the giants. Nighy plays the big head and Kassir plays the smaller head.
– Ewan McGregor as Elmont, the leader of the king’s elite guard, who helps fight giants.
– Eddie Marsan
Jack the Giant Slayer has received generally favorable reviews from film critics. On the review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 69% approval rating with an average rating of 6.4/10, based on an aggregation of 16 critical reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted mean, assigned a score of 56 out of 100, based on reviews from 9 film critics. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said, “Simply in terms of efficient storytelling, clear logistics and consistent viewer engagement, Jack is markedly superior to the recent Hobbit.”
Conversely, Justin Chang of Variety said, “Jack the Giant Slayer feels, unsurprisingly, like an attempt to cash in on a trend, recycling storybook characters, situations and battle sequences to mechanical and wearyingly predictable effect.”