Hollywood often seems to suffer from a lack of originality. However, I have enjoyed the trend recently of taking myths and fairy tales and making movies out of them. Usually there is a twist to the story, something that makes it different from the original.

In the new movie, Jack the Giant Slayer, Jack the farm boy is the hero who saves a whole kingdom from giants. He is helped by the princess Isabelle and some of her guardians. The story is helped, as many today are, by special effects. The story is also helped by the acting, especially Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.

Jack the Giant Slayer is an entertaining twist on the old story, and it appropriate for most audiences, although there may be a bit of unnecessary gore.