‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ lacks a strong punch line
‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ Lacks a sense of humor
Jack the Giant Slayer basically lacked a sense of humor found in most PG13 films although they did try. But it made up for that with amazing 3D graphics, heights and a beautiful princess in distress.
The screenplay was written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney and is directed by Brian Singer.
In this 2013 retelling of the classic children’s fairy-tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack is given some beans seeds as collateral for his uncle’s horse by a monk. Unfortunately, when one of the seeds falls down and comes in contact with water – it sprouts and grows up to gigantic proportions, and becomes the gateway for the giants to invade.
Jack’s character, played by Nicholas Hoult, is a young farm boy who dreams of adventure and is fascinated by the legend of Erik; an ancient king who defeated the giants with a magical crown.
Hoult, if you can recall, portrayed Marcus in About a Boy and was nominated for a couple awards and won best performance by a youth in a supporting role by the Phoenix Film Critics Society.
He does an acceptable job as Jack who is portrayed as more of a lover than a fighter. However, that does not mean he lacks courage. On the contrary, Jack, although defenseless will stand up for a pretty face.
We get a glimpse of his bravado when he tries to protect the honor of a young lady harassed by some drunkards. He later discovers that she is the Princess Isabella.
Princess Isabella, portrayed by Eleanor Tomlinson, is caught between her desire for adventure and her duty to the kingdom. She is to marry, against her will, the king’s adviser, Lord Roderick (Stanley Tucci).
Tucci is one of the funniest men I’ve seen on film. He has on many occasions brought comic relief to audiences. Unfortunately, his attempts at humor in this were lame, at best. That is not to say he did not try – he did. However, the setting and mood of the film took out the punch in his punch lines.
Shades of green
The film is not as colorful and is filled with an overwhelming use of green and greenery which I can only speculate implies harmony and stability in the Empire. Or could it represent the might of the British military?
I bet a full explanation of the symbols and colors used will come out with the DVD and Blu-ray release.
An analogy of the British Empire
The whole film is an analogy of the British Empire and its history. The wars with the giants represent the two world wars that Britain took part in and Jack obviously represents the country (Jack / Union Jack).Royals marrying commoners is also something that happens in British history like Kate Middleton’s marriage to Prince William.
Toward the end of the film, we see the magical crown being crafted into The Crown depicted on the seal of countries within the Commonwealth, implying the power of the British monarch.
Jack the Giant Slayer was entertaining, although it lacked a sense of humor there were notable scenes that were funny. So it was not a total waste.
As for my analysis into the use of colors and symbolism in the film, we have to wait for the DVD release to corroborate and get an inside glimpse into the minds of the writes.