Cinematic Releases: Jack the Giant Slayer

First, Hansel and Gretel hunted witches. Now, Jack slays giants. I really want to know what's next. Will we get to see Humpty Dumpty:Wall Smasher? What about Three Little Pigs:Wolf Destroyers? Pied Piper: Revenge of the Children? All I know is that I'm getting tired of this current trend to change a classic story in to something about killing everything in sight. I have a better idea. Why don't you take a classic tale and actually make a good movie out of it?

Jack the Giant Slayer is Bryan Singer's latest in a mysterious line of directorial choices. The man that brought us Apt Pupil and The Usual Suspects has been relegated to making big budget fare like this that is simply below his level of talent. Yes, I'm one of the few that actually enjoyed his Superman Returns and am hopeful for his latest X-Men installment. Jack the Giant Slayer is just a waste of Singer's aptitude and a boring mess of a film.

Everything about this movie is cookie cutter. The effects are nothing special, the story is typical, the acting dry, and the 3D is just a ploy to get you to pay an extra three bucks. I'm sure that the kids will love it but adults will find little to like and most will likely find themselves wanting to nod off. In short, everything about this movie has been done time and time again.

Honestly, don't waste a dime on this one. Jack the Giant Slayer is just the latest in this trend of milking the classics for an extra few bucks. If that's what you're in to, check out Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. It's a much better film than this one.