Jack the Giant Slayer Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Jack the Giant Slayer

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy violence.

  • The pitch:

    CGI-ant special effects and bone-crushing visuals.

  • Starring:

    Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Ian McShane, Billy Nighy

  • Directed by:

    Bryan Singer

  • Running time:

    114 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People/giants fall from extremely high altitude toward the ground. People/giants are harrassed, punched, kicked, threatened with knives/swords, thrown, grabbed, dismembered, eaten, struck by lightning, captured in a net, stabbed, caged, hogtied, suspended from high objects, near-drowned, attacked, injured, struck by arrows, hit with objects, torn apart. A giant falls into a burning moat; his flesh sears and burns. Objects/property are demolished, ransacked, thrown. Animals are stolen, eaten. Soldiers use halberds, axes, blades, arrows, crossbows, swords. Giants use flails, maces, spiked clubs, burning trees, blades, slingshot, grappling hooks. A rope is cut deliberately. A man threatens death by making a cutting motion across his neck with his thumb. Fierce growling (giants), terrified screams (humans) are heard. Blood/gore: Blood, bones, swords, a beating giant's heart, many corpses. Animal skeletons, human bones and skulls. Bloody heads, bloody gash, slashed cheek, vat of meat. A man removes an object from his stomach. A giant has a milky eye (keratitis). A giant's face is covered in bee-stings. Point-of-view cinematography of an object flying down a giant's mouth, through his throat and landing in his gut. Eyes pop out, dismembered limbs, body parts are seen. The smell of fear and the smell of curdling blood are mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Nudity: A harp is detailed with a gold carving of a woman's bust.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, p*ss, bastard, religious exclamations. People are mocked; giants are forced into servitude.

  • THEMES:

    Fantasy, adventure, magic, nobility, fairy-tales, nobility, courage, stealing, denial of responsibility/duty, usurping, expropriation, allegiance, royalty, history, legend, folklore, invasion, betrayal, loyalty, arranged marriage, war.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Heavy rain, thunder, lightning. Dark arts. Purgatory. Horses, cat, flocks of birds, buzzing insects/bees, chickens, sheep, pigs, owl, rats. Fear of heights/fear of falling. Very high altitude camera angles with vertiginous points-of-view toward the ground, clouds or sky. Waterfalls. A deceased mother and a deceased father are mentioned. A girl runs away from home. Tree-climbing. Spitting. A giant snores and farts. A giant picks his nose and eats the runny snot. Giants are covered in dirt, filth. Pig-on-the-spit. Flame-throwing. A man prays by a grave. Free-falling (from sky-high altitude). Animal fur is worn. A giant beanstalk is chopped down. Monks. Bell-ringing.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Original and entertaining. Vivid, convincing special effects. Great fun. Ewan McGregor is delightful. Apocalyptic.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Takes a little while to warm up. Male-dominated. Predictable.

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