Jack the Giant Slayer

Synopsis: Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. He returns home only with a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred but that does little to impress his uncle who tosses them away. In the night the Princess arrives having run off to keep from marrying Roderick who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack's house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king's guards to rescue the princess only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists.
Director(s): Bryan Singer
Production: Warner Bros.
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min


Ask not whence the thunder comes.

Ask not where the herds have gone.

Nor why the birds have ceased their song.

When coming home, don't take too long.

For monsters roam in Albion.

Jack, you're still up.

Sorry, Father.

The giants woke me.

- Jack, heh, it's a thunderstorm.

- Mother used to say...

... the giants made the thunder.


Where did you find that?

Along with her old things.

Will you read the rest to me?

All right.

Where're we up to?

The monks were trying to find God,

so they made magic...

Magic seeds. Aye.

I remember now.

"With seeds they pulled

from a magical pod...

"... the monks grew a pathway

to seek out their God.

"When they came

to what they thought...

"... was heaven's gate...

"... they met with a terrible, grisly fate.

"For between heaven and earth was a...

"... perilous place.

"Gantua, home to a fierce giant race.

"With a bridge now before them

to the world of men...

"... a plague of giants descends.

"Taking a cue from the richest of kings...

"... they acquired a taste...

"... for acquiring things.

"But the one taste that caused them

to lose all control..."

"Was a taste for the mankind...

"... blood, bones and all."

Well, that's revolting.

Too scary, Isabelle?

Giants aren't scary.

Not even their terrifying leader,

a monstrous giant...

... with two heads?

Keep reading, Mother. It's just a story.

Is it?

"King Erik...

"... bade the monks return to dark arts...

"... to find some way...

"... to rule giant hearts.

"So they melted one down...

"... mixed in magic and more...

"... and they crafted a crown

unlike any before."

King Erik's magic crown.

This is my favorite part.

"As soon as the king

took the crown in hand...

"... the giants were slave...

"... to his every command.

"He sent them back

to the place of their birth.

"Their home now a prison

between heaven and earth.

"Erik severed the link...

"... between giants and men."

"And peace returned

to his kingdom again.

"The mystical relics...

"... were all that remained...

"... safe with Erik through the years

that he reigned.

"And when time came at last

for King Erik to sleep...

"... he took crown

and seed with him...

"... for permanent keep."

"And as the king's bones

slowly crumbled away...

"... truth became legend."

Or so people say.

What will happen

when the giants come back?

They won't, son.

- But what if they do?

- Jack.

Well, I guess the king's Guardians...

- ... will have to cut them down to size.

- I wanna be a Guardian.

You have the spirit.

No doubt about that.

The king's Guardians must be born...

... of noble blood. There's not much in ours

but dirt and sweat.

It's only a story, Jack.

Giants aren't real.

But King Erik was real.

He was.

In some ways, he still is.

- You're of his blood.

- I've seen where he's buried.

In the royal catacombs?

Sounds like you've been having...

... some adventures of your own.

- Am I in trouble?

- Not at all.

I want you to have adventures.

- It'll make you a better queen.

- How?

Because you'll get to see

how the world works.

And when you're queen, you'll have the power

to make the world a better place.

Now off to sleep.

Sweet dreams...

... Isabelle.

Leave that one.

All right.

Now get some sleep, son.

We have to be out on the field

before first light.


How do you know giants aren't real?

I don't.

"And jealous eyes are looking down...

"... on peaceful fields in Albion.

"An enemy vows will come a day...

"... when giants return and giants stay.

"To wage a war...

"... and this time win...

"And to eat the last...

"... of Erik's kin."


... when you're back

from selling the horse...

... get working on the weeds out back.

They're about to swallow the house.

I'll get to it, Uncle.

- And, Jack?

- Yes, Uncle?

Don't get distracted.

Come on, don't look at me like that.

I wouldn't sell you,

but we haven't got much choice.

Horse and cart for sale.

Going for a price.

I'll be sad to see him go.

Horse and cart?


Ask not whence the thunder comes.

Ask not where the herds have gone...

... nor why the birds have ceased their song.

When coming home...

... don't take too long...

... for monsters roam in Albion.

Now let's turn that frown upside down.

Here comes King Erik...

- ... with his magic crown.

Hello, mates!

I'm Erik the Great.

Hello, Erik!

Would you like to hear...

- ... how I defeated the giants?


In Gantua we set our scene...

... where a stalk has grown...

... from a magic bean.

And from there, beyond the reach of men...

... a plague of giants did descend.

And what do we have over here?

Hello, pretty.

And what might your name be?

None of your business.

Very pretty.

- Where did you get that?


From my mother.

Now, please, let me be.

Come on, go after her.

Where do you think you're going?

- What's the matter? Not enjoying the show?

Hands off.

Hey. Hey, that's no way to treat a... Unh!

... lady.

To be honest,

you looked too drunk to do that.

What say we let the good lady go home...

... and I'll consider forgetting this.

We're sorry, sir.

We don't want any trouble.

Good. Because that's what

you're gonna get. Trouble.

Yeah. All three of you.

A whole...

... lot of trou...

There's something behind me,

isn't there?

What's your name?


Something wrong

with your knees, Jack?

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Darren Lemke

Darren Lemke (born 1969/1970) is an American screenwriter who has been active in the film industry since the late 1990s. His first major screenwriting credit was for Shrek Forever After (2010), which he wrote with Josh Klausner. Lemke directed the thriller film Lost (2004), which he also wrote. more…

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