3 out of 5 stars

Nicholas Hoult movies back-to-back in Singapore! Woots!

First I’ve got to admit that I lost count of the number of times I referred to this movie as “Jack and the Beanstalk”. This is an updated version of the fairy tale and it’s slightly more bloody and gruesome because they depict giants eating humans and their love for humans as pastry fillings.

What I liked about the movie was the mythology of how the human ancestors managed to control the giants and lived in peace until some power hungry fellow stole the beans and aims to be the ruler of the giants’ kingdom. Stanley Tucci is delightful as the villain and Ewan McGregor is just plain charming as the royal guard in his accent. Although the story is kind of predictable, you’ll still want to watch how Jack saves the day.

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