Director: Bryan Singer
I feel like I can summarize my entire review into one paragraph, but for the sake of argument, I'm going to divulge into further detail. Jack the Giant Slayer makes for light entertainment. Sure, I might have caught it in a flight, making it one of the suitable choices of in-flight viewing. You're not missing out on anything if you don't finish it (although who likes leaving movies unfinished?), and the content is not heavy or something to think about. It's not even made to awe the viewer. To be honest, I don't even know why this was made; it produces a bad and unworkable premise to begin with.
The plot is simple: Jack accidentally unearths the portal linking the legendary world of the giants and the humans when he traded his horse for some beans. He didn't know that the beans were the gateway to the portal, the portal that he has heard from legends regarding humans and giants. The princess accidentally gets shoot up the beanstalk, and it was up to Jack and the king's men to rescue the princess. Of course there were other dilemmas in between, to keep the story running.
The plot was terrible. The writing was weak and hasty, and there were a lot of story lines that didn't follow a form of logic. It tried to be funny, it tried to be witty, but it failed. The premise they were working with was limited, and they had to thin out the movie to occupy the screen time. The entire movie was a mess. It wasn't going in circles, but it was going in a crazy direction. It's disappointing that the most pivotal performances (including scenes) were from the supporting cast. One of the supporting characters barely spoke a word and yet his scenes were the most defining and reflective. Needless to say, he had more depth that Jack or Isabelle.
The only redeeming part of this is casting Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci in what seemed to be the exaggerated stereotype of their characters, a knight and a mischievous lord respectively. They somehow made the movie bearable, their performances standing out from the lead stars. I have to hand it to them and Ian McShane, who played the king. Despite not playing a trivial role in the flick, they are the best parts of the movie.
While McGregor and Tucci's appearance are the only god things about this mess, it is not enough to redeem the quality of this movie. The script was weak and messy, the plot itself was constrained. While Hoult fulfilled the physical aspect of Jack, his character was developmentally weak. At best this makes up for a good in-flight movie, as it is not something you have to fully comprehend in order to be amazed.