Maymay was extremely concerned about the amount of people who would be at this screening and insisted we get there early. No problem kiddo, I never mind having popcorn for dinner. It was a good thing we got there early, that line got long FAST! We wound up waiting in line next to some seriously terrific people. I always appreciate friendly people, so getting to spend over an hour with nothing but friendly people made me happier than a stormtrooper with a new blaster. (What do you expect, I'm a nerd.)
I heard a few things about the movie, and to be prepared for it to be more gruesome and dark than I would've expected. I'm glad I was prepared. The sound of giants crushing bones was intense and made the giants even scarier than I thought possible. There were moments of complete hilarity and then it jumped to the polar opposite. I was impressed. I also liked the way they set up the parallel story line for Jack and Isabelle. His dad, her mom, both telling their kids the same story of the giants. It was well done and gave the instant impression that the exact thing was occurring all over the kingdom. Jack was adorable and believable as the likable ne'er do well. Of course he becomes the hero, and I found myself cheering him on. The love story between Jack and Isabelle was sweet, and not that saccharine sweet that makes you gag. There was a certain sweetness in the movie that managed to intertwine itself with bone crushing terror. Again, impressive. The absolute best part of this movie: Ewan McGregor. This is the best I've seen him in a movie, other than Obi Wan Kenobi, of course.
This movie was well written, perfectly cast and did something not many movies do. It ended perfectly. The end made you feel like you got the entire story, and set up the next chapter without making it feel incomplete. You should take the kids to see this on opening weekend. Their friends are seeing it and you don't want to be "that" parent. Obviously this is NOT a movie for small or easily scared kids.
hmmm....for some reason I have an inexplicable desire to grow a bean stalk.