In Review: Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After…

Synopsis: Sky Original reimagining the classic fable. What really happened after Jack cut down the Beanstalk?   The Story A sequel of sorts to Jack and The Beanstalk. This...
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Synopsis: Sky Original reimagining the classic fable. What really happened after Jack cut down the Beanstalk?

 

The Story

A sequel of sorts to Jack and The Beanstalk. This picks the story up from where the original fable left off. Jack has returned home to his home town of Titchington with some of the stuff he stole from the Giants castle. However, the Giant is not dead.

After falling from the Beanstalk. The Giant took a blow to the head, which caused him to lose his memory. When the Giant awakens to see Jack he initially wants to eat the Pee Wee, but Jack tricks the giant into thinking they are friends.

As the story unfolds. Jack starts to develop a proper friendship with The Giant and it gets tested when he has to save his new friend from The Woman With No Name. Titchington’s resident Giant Killer.

 

The Acting

David Walliams plays a fairly convincing giant. While Sheridan Smith gets some of the best lines as The Woman With No Name also known as Janet. Eddie Karanja puts in a solid performance as Jack and his scenes with Walliams are really solid in that it is easy to buy that the two are becoming friends.

 

Overall

With a running time of 45 minutes. This is a fun way to keep the youngsters entertained, but also includes some funny jokes that the adult members of the audience will appreciate. I loved the fun reference to Britain’s Got Talent, which Jack is supposed to Judge. I also loved the Lockdown jokes as the town was panicking about having a Giant attack.

We also got a few playful digs with regards to how the UK Government has handled the very real Covid 19 pandemic, but within the context of the pandemic being a Giant attack.

Overall. A fun way to spend 45 minutes as a classic fairytale gets a 21st-century style sequel.

 

Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After will premier on Sky One tonight at 8 PM.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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