The eighteenth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 2013’s Jack The Giant Slayer, directed by Bryan Singer and written by a bunch of people, including long-time Singer collaborator, Christopher McQuarrie. While this episode of the podcast remains one of Matt’s favorites, neither he nor Drew particularly cared for the movie itself.
Jack The Giant Slayer is a retelling of the traditional story of Jack & The Beanstalk, framed as an action-adventure film. While the movie was released in the midst of a deluge of such “fairy tale updates” (Snow White & The Huntsman; Red Riding Hood; Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters; etc.) the original concept, by Darren Lemke, well predates those.
The film had an impressive and wide-ranging cast, including Nicholas Hoult as Jack; Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle; Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick; Ian McShane as King Bromwell; and Ewan MacGregor as Elmont.
A little bit of Reel Fantasy trivia: when the show started, Matt originally took copious amounts of notes while watching the film, so as to more easily remember plot points and facilitate discussion. He began to feel that this practice might be unnecessary, and actually detract from his experience of the movie. This episode marks the first occasion where Matt took no notes during the screening. The following couple episodes, he reverted to note-taking, before finally abandoning it entirely.
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