On this day in Film History: Jack the Giant Slayer…underwhelms

Well, the good news before I start is that now that March is here, there should be a lot more films for me to talk about (January and February aren’t the best months for big films).


It’s funny how movies always look awesome in the trailer…

On this day in film history, Warner Bros. released the fantasy adventure film Jack the Giant-Slayer in 2013. Based on a combination of the old fairy tales “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the movie follows Jack (Nicholas Hoult) who goes on a quest to rescue Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) from the land of giants up in the clouds (and made accessible by the beanstalk).

I never got the opportunity to see this film myself, but I remember thinking that the previews looked particularly good. As it turns out, the critics disagreed with me and the film received mixed reviews and is largely considered a failure. I always find it a shame when the studios try to launch a film that is, at least somewhat original (i.e. not based on a longstanding franchise) and it almost always ends in abject failure. Surely Hollywood realizes that they can’t rely on this model forever…right?

The score for the film was composed by John Ottman, a composer with a lengthy career, including such films as: X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, X-Men: Days of Future Past and the first Fantastic Four film from 2005. Ottman is a competent composer, though not among my favorites. That being said, even without hearing the score for this film, I know that Ottman created a soundtrack that fits to the film, but doesn’t exceptionally stand out.

That’s all on this day in film history! -Bex

*the film poster is property of Warner Bros. Studio

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