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Friday, March 1, 2013
Jack the Giant Slayer
'Jack the Giant Slayer', better known as 'Jack and the Beanstalk', is the latest big budget fairytale to hit the multiplex (following the cold reception of recent releases 'Red Riding Hood' and ''Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters'. Sure, these are souped up and modernized a bit with good special effects and better casts than they deserve. But the central problem is, we all know the story already. So how much fun can they really be? And what makes a Gary Oldman or a Jeremy Renner or, in the case of 'Jack the Giant Slayer', Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy all decide they want to be a part of one of these neo-fables? They're never great. At best, as is the case here, they're passably entertaining. Well, hopefully the paycheck was good, because all of their street-cred just got knocked down a bit.