Originally entitled Jack the Giant Killer, this latest Hollywood foray into the classic fairy tale update (Snow White and the Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel) looks like it might actually be worth the trouble. Directed by Bryan Singer – whose last two movies Superman Returns and Valkyrie were decidedly less than stellar – the movie tells the familiar story of a young farmhand (Jack) who must rescue a princess from a race of giants after inadvertently opening a gateway to their world.
Whilst the lead role was given to a relative unknown (young Englishman Nicholas Hoult, who played Beast in X-Men: First Class), the cast is made up of numerous heavy-hitter ‘character’ actors like Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. In that respect, it’s safe to say that the acting will be of a reasonable calibre. The key to the film’s success will be how Singer balances the need to be faithful to the source material (which he has proven before with X-Men and Superman Returns) with the need to be entertaining to a modern audience. Personally, I think Singer will get the balance right, this time. Watch Trailer #2 below.