Giants are coming! This weekend, the fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer" stomps its way into theaters.
Based on the fairy tales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk," the film follows a young farmhand named Jack (Nicholas Hoult), who accidentally opens a gateway (see: beanstalk) to the world of giants.
After a princess is taken prisoner, Jack helps the leader of the king’s guard, Elmont (Ewan McGregor), rescue her and stop the war between giants and humans.
So, is "Jack the Giant Slayer" worth your hard-earned money? Before you head out to the theaters this weekend, see what the critics are saying about Bryan Singer's new fantasy film.
Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly
"The giants <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20657932,00.html">are a kick to watch</a>, but when they talk, they might as well be soccer hooligans at a pub. Any feeling of horrific wonder fades fast."
Mary Pols at TIME
"<a href="http://entertainment.time.com/2013/02/28/jack-the-giant-slayer-fee-fi-ho-hum/">The movie feels so much like a video game</a> that your fingers instinctively itch to do something, though a 'Jack' video game isn’t one we’d really want to play."
Michael O'Sullivan at the Washington Post
"<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/jack-the-giant-slayer-3d,1206568/critic-review.html">Too scary for very young children</a>, yet too silly for most older fans of director Bryan Singer’s earlier forays into the 'Superman' and 'X-Men franchises,' 'Jack' seems designed to appeal to a very narrow, and possibly illusory, demographic: the mature moppet."
Matt Singer at ScreenCrush
"<a href="http://screencrush.com/jack-the-giant-slayer-review/">Speaking of the action</a>, a movie with so many special effects — giant beanstalks and giant battle scenes and giant giants — lives and dies by the quality of those visuals and the ones in ‘Jack and the Giant Slayer’ just aren’t very memorable."
Tom Charity at CNN International
"<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/01/showbiz/movies/jack-giant-slayer-review/">So much sexier than 'Beanstalk,</a>' don't you think? But that's what this film is -- the old Grimm folktale spruced up with state of the art visual effects and maximized battle action, coupled with a more playful, family-friendly approach than filmmakers took in 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman.'"
Kenneth Turan at the LA Times
"It's not only Jack <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-jack-the-giant-slayer-review-20130301,0,6320761.story">who deserves some pity</a> but also director Bryan Singer, who somehow convinced himself that this benighted project was worth his time"
Matt Patches at Hollywood.com
"Turning 'Jack and the Beanstalk' into a Lord of the Rings-style fantasy epic sounds like the premise of a MADtv sketch, but director Bryan Singer <a href="http://www.hollywood.com/movies/review/55002760/jack-the-giant-slayer-review">finds a happy medium between grand action filmmaking and the dapper whimsy of an Errol Flynn adventure</a> with 'Jack the Giant Slayer.'"
Richard Roeper at Chicago Sun-Times
"Director Bryan Singer, a first-rate cast and a stellar team of screenwriters, set designers and special-effects wizards <a href="http://www.rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130227/REVIEWS/130229979/1023">have dusted off an old and (let's face it) never particularly compelling fairy tale</a> and have given us a great-looking thrill ride in which we actually care about a number of characters."
David Edelstein at NYMag
"You come away <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/02/movie-review-jack-the-giant-slayer.html">thinking that the world is more complicated than humans versus giants</a> -- that the answer isn’t killing the brutes but exploring in, say, a good liberal editorial 'Our Giant Problem.'"
Tom Russo at the Boston Globe
"Never mind that 'Jack and the Beanstalk' was just covered by DreamWorks’ 'Puss in Boots.' If Singer feels he can think through certain narrative implications in a clever was -- <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/2013/02/28/movie-review-jack-the-giant-slayer/iE0hBqGsf2nGs4BcAnLdVI/story.html">and this story does, even with a script by committee</a> -- then count him in."