‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ Trailer Doesn’t Make Big Impression

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 26th, 2012 at 2:06 pm,

Before he made headlines by returning to direct the upcoming X-Men movie X-Men: Days of Future Past, most of the attention on director Bryan Singer was due to Jack the Giant Slayer (formerly titled Jack the Giant Killer), his re-imagining of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale as a fantasy epic.

Well, after nearly a year-long delay in release, it’s easy to see how Jack the Giant Slayer could’ve gotten lost in the shuffle. But a new trailer is here to remind us that it is indeed on the way in 2013.

It’s clear to see that Singer hopes for the film to be an epic adventure tale – in the vein of Disney’s live-action films like Pirates of the Caribbean or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice - but really, it looks like the film is more on the level of, say, Clash of Titans. While most of the footage looks fine enough – and there are indeed some creative sequences that incorporate the concept of the giants well, there are also some noticeable issues.

The biggest of all (pun intended) is the giants themselves. They do not look great. They look like something out of Clash of the Titans. And in an era of film where actors like Andy Serkis are putting on award-worthy motion-capture performances and giving life to indelible movie characters, hearing celebrity voices coming out of unconvincing CGI characters kind of deadens the whole experience.


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The cast is not much of a sell, either. Star Nicholas Hoult was charming enough as Beast in X-Men: First Class, but after watching the trailer it’s questionable whether he has the leading man charisma to carry an entire movie. Eleanor Tomlinson is equally uncertain as a leading lady – and Ewan McGregor’s Elmont character looks like he will not be able to achieve the same kind of eccentric charm that Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow did.

At this point, it doesn’t look like Jack the Giant Slayer is going to be a quality entry in Singer’s filmography (judging by the merits of this trailer). And if that proves true, it will inevitably lead to doubts about X-Men: Days of Future Past – and questions about whether Matthew Vaughn leaving the project was worse than originally thought.

There is (inevitably) an audience who will be compelled by what they see in this JTGK trailer – and the early March release dates gives the movie a chance to capitalize on the slow spring box office, where films like The Hunger Games have cleaned up in recent years.

Jack the Giant Slayer will be in theaters on March 1, 2013.

Source: Catch the HD version over at iTunes

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  1. This trailer, while more revealing, was less inspiring than the last one. I really want to like this one.

  2. This looks ridiculous…

  3. Looks mildly entertaining, although I half-expected to see the Monty Python troupe coming dancing in singing about Camelot. Heck, I’ll give it a watch for fun. In the meantime:
    Hope this flick doesn’t fall on it’s bum!”

  4. My question would be why do the giants need to be CGI at all? Wouldn’t it be easier to film live actors and use computer magic to make them look like giants? I wonder how that would look. But yeah, the giants here look awful which is surprising since it was delayed for a year. You would think they worked on the CGI all this time.

    • They actually did that in an episode of Once Upon a Time a few weeks ago. Jorge Garcia (from Lost), played the giant just as you described. They used their computer magic to make him look like a giant. I actually thought it looked kind of ridiculous. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I just didn’t like it. It almost made it seem more fake doing it that way. But then again I don’t think these giants look any better, so pick your poison. IMO.

      • That’s interesting. Maybe with a movie’s bigger budget it can be done a little better. I remember in Pirates of the Caribbean 3 when Naomie Harris’s character transformed into this giant goddess woman it looked pretty cool and it wasn’t done by making her CGI.

  5. when will you people learn…Bryan Singer is horrible and needs to be stopped. X Men: Days of Future Past is doomed I tell you. Doomed. No one who puts out a piece of crap like Superman Returns should ever, EVER be behind a camera lens again.

    • i agree with you i have never seen a good Bryan Singer movie they always look like they are going to be great but then when i see them they just flat out suck and i’m all abou the X-Men i been reading them since 1985 and allways wanted to see them on the big screen and the when it the time came for this to happen Bryan Singer ruined it

      • A lot of people would disagree with your assessment of Singer. Whilst he doesnt knock them out of the park, he does have his moments. The X films he’s been involved with have generally recieved good reviews. I think I’ll give this movie a miss, but I am anxiously awaiting his next X flick.

      • don’t get me worng i’m sure i’ll see this when it come out on dvd i just don’t have high hopes for it

  6. Looks more like “Limbo of the Lost.” Plus points if you get this reference.

  7. The Usual Suspects is one of my favorite films, but I am still not sold on Singer as a Sci-fi/fantasy guy. His X-Men movies are a bit overrated and Superman, while not terrible, was just boring.

  8. The teaser trailer really impressed me, it looks dark and cool.

    but this trailer just made it look goofy. I dont Know

  9. More garbage spilling out of the Singer’s camp?!!? Say it ain’t so.

  10. why do i get a potc vibe?

  11. Fee Fi Fo Dumb. Well after watching the trailer we all know why the release date was repeatedly pushed back. And why is Ewan MacGregor wearing eyeliner? Nicholas Hoult seems like a bland lead.

  12. This is does not look good at all, i bet it sounded like a great idea on paper ‘wow giants!’ this is no Troll Hunter and reminds me of Your Highness, which I found quite funny, this does not look funny and that CGI is awful, I think Bryan Singer needs to go back to his roots and do something small and indie because his last few movies have been blah

  13. Actually this looks good for me, looks like a fun blockbuster. I’m tired of giant robots fighting over and over again. This looks refreshing and could be great fun on the big screen. And the CGI looks nice, even the giants. Looks like it will be a good fun action fantasy movie.

    • I think you’re right. this will be a cool flick just to blaze one and have fun. Screw all the haters who think every movie has to somehow push cinema forward. I’ll see it, I’m sure it will be fun.

  14. With Vaughn gone and Singer in it lead already to doubts about X-Men: Days of Future Past !

    Personally I really doubt that Singer ever could replace Vaughn.
    Singer just doesen’t have the feel for big action,and the Epic scope Class 2 would need ! His action scenes and his vision feels always like a TV Pilot ! Same for his X Men Movies !
    I enjoyed them but they felt like made for TV.

    For me Singer taking over was the worst thing what could happen to Class 2! And I really do not think he learned out of his past Mistakes !
    Just please no black leather dresses,and keep the retro feel ! If u can !

    • amen

  15. The comedy seems out of place, and outside of stanley tucci, none of these actors are known for their comedic sides.

    They should’ve went completely dark, no hamfest. It reminds me of “Your Highness”, a little cheesy, and messy.

  16. Anyone else find it amusing that Jack basically pitched this movie in the Fables comics

  17. I am actually looking forward to seeing it. Looks great to me.

  18. I think it looks great.

    And I’m pretty sure most of the posers on this site will go watch the movie as well.

  19. I think it looks quite good ! I’ll def be taking the kids to see it !

  20. Looks entertaining to me

  21. While I would agree that the CGI giants look very CGI (which is a bit sad considering what I know is possible) I looks entertaining none the less.

  22. Well I think it looks great and can’t wait to see it, I shall comment further when I have seen the movie

  23. Regardless if we like the trailer or not when any film is delayed for over a year it spells doom.
    Especially a film with a budget like this and something that the studio hopes will be a franchise starter or a box office juggernaut.

  24. I’m a fan of Nick Hoult, but Hollywood is too stuck on trying to make him be the next heartthrob. He’s a cute enough fellow, but I think it does a disservice to his talents.

    He’s absolutely BRILLIANT as Tony Stonem in the original UK version of Skins. He plays a GREAT sinister/sociopath and I think given the right role, he can really shine.

    As for Bryan Singer, I think he’s a hack too. Xmen 1 was ok, X2 was mostly thanks to the source material, but it was also boring. Superman Returns was atrocious.

    This one will probably be more like the other blah fantasy films that made money in recent years…. Bill Nighy plays the lead villain, too bad they don’t use his face. He’s usually a brilliant scenery chewer too…

  25. I think this will be a great entertaining movie. I know that Singer is not a BRILLIANT director, i know that Ewan is NOT a Johnny Depp, i know that real actors as giants will be better and I know that Nick Hoult could not be a GREAT leader, BUT…
    Movies is made to give us fun. Much movies try to give us a message or something to think about or get an Oscar, but if is not fun I don’t like it. That’s why I HAVE The Avengers and watch just one time The Hours. Great direction, great actors, but is boring. I want a movie that make me jump, laugh, scream, and I think I’m not the only one.
    Can we give one more chance to Singer? And if I get out of the cinema and say something like “Hey! That was cool!” is enough to me. That’s it.