Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader. 117 min. Rated PG. UK/Canada/USA. Adventure/Fantasy.
Saying Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's book is similar to E.T. is cheating: while both were written by the late Melissa Mathison, they have entirely different settings. It's a kids movie gem in terms of concept (a giant blowing good dreams into children's heads at night), characters (movie giants were never this friendly; I checked), and even pacing (although grownups may find it slow). What annoyed me, was what led to Jack the Giant Slayer's downfall: the awkward reliance on CGI-tailored giants, which constantly kept pulling me out of the dream. But this is a landmark in film-making for kids.