Jack The Giant Slayer

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Jack The Giant Slayer (M) (Contains fantasy violence) 

Starring: Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy), Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice In Wonderland), Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) 

Director: Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) 

Screening at Reading Cinemas Queenstown: Daily 1:00pm,4:00pm, 6:30pm and 9:00pm 

Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess. 

Heroic battles and rousing chases follow with the resourceful Jack and stout-hearted Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) doing their best to outwit the giants. It’s an old-fashioned epic adventure that benefits from crisp writing and direction thanks to the reunion of director Bryan Singer and Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie who teamed on The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie. 

This is the most worthy of Hollywood’s recent obsession with retelling children’s tales — notably Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror, Mirror and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters — proof that once upon a time can lead to good things in the right hands. It even has a happy, clever ending that will have audiences leaving the theatre with a smile on their faces. Jack the Giant Slayer entertains quite capably on its own merits, the simple but often-elusive magic of script, director and cast.

FOUR POPCORNS OUT OF FIVE 

Christopher Clement-Walker