Jack the Giant Slayer Movie TrailerMPAA Rating: PG-13, for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language
Runtime: 115 minutes
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: March 1, 2013 (3D/2D/IMAX 3D)
Jack the Giant Slayer - Official Synopsis
Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
Will your kids want to see this movie?
Jack the Giant Slayer is based on the fairy tale story of "Jack and the Beanstalk," but this movie isn't for little kids. This live action adventure will appeal to older kids who love a good action flick, and there's a little bit of romance thrown in there as well. See our Jack the Giant Slayer review for parents for more detailed information about the content in this film.
Related Movies and Books
Versions of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairy tale can be read in many different children's books. My personal favorite is the rendition by Steven Kellogg, which contains sophisticated language and fabulous storytelling worthy of a classic tale. For older kids who may want to do a paper or project related to this movie for school, a compare/contrast of the original tale and the story in the movie would be a fun option, and they can even read versions of Jack and the Beanstalk online for free.
Movie versions of Jack and the Beanstalk are also available, though most of them are older movies or targeted at young children. Movies that would be more similar to Jack the Giant Slayer are other fairy tales that have been adapted into live action films for teens and adults such as: Snow White and the Huntsman or Beastly.