Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written By: Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 54 min
I was really surprised how much fun this film was. I’ve almost lost count of how many fairy tale re-telling’s there have been over the last few years and have been let down by most. This was the best I’ve seen.
If you’re in the mood for a well paced and fun family film – check this out. It’s by the director of X-Men 1&2, so is slick. It’s visually arresting and even though the lead actors are fine (if not a tad dull), it’s the giants that really stand out. CGI monsters are everywhere these days, but these guys are very well designed, with intricate characterizations and are suitably vulgar. The whole films feels polished, well crafted and well thought out.
Best viewing format:
Bigger screen the better! To give the beanstork and the giants their due respect you should watch on a HD large screen. There’s great visual flair throughout
The whole tone is really pleasant and fresh feeling, so the whole film is enjoyable. SPOILER: The beanstalk gets cut and the scene where it falls (and rises, for that matter) are really impressively done. With so many fantasy films trying to be epic blockbusters these days, this one stands out.
Stewart’s two cents:
It’s not boring, but this film had an identity crisis. It tries to be both a fun fantasy adventure, and tense drama at the same time and doesn’t pull it off in my opinion.