There is an obvious trend of fairytales being converted into high budget action flicks of late (to varying levels of success) and Jack the Giant Slayer is just the latest production to ride the wave.

Is it any good though? Well, no, if you believe the reviews. The LA Times’ Kenneth Turan goes as far as to say that “Despite some good acting, there may never have been a Jack tale that delivers so little pleasure for so many dollars.” Harsh. At the same time, though, it is obvious where this flick suffers. You can add all of the shiny CGI and high action you like to a film, but without an interesting script it’s still just hanging tinsel on a pile of trash.

The Huff Post’s Mike Ryan, on the other hand, has something to say in defense of the film. Namely, hold on past the first 25 minutes and it actually turns into an enjoyable flick: “Once the beanstalk goes up, the story tightens and becomes something that could be described as enjoyable.” Well, it’s not much, but that’s all we have.

The film hasn’t been getting much praise from audiences either, with a “rotten” rating of just 55% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a disappointing IMDB score of just 6.7 out of ten. That isn’t to say that there aren’t some good points to this. After all, if there’s anything the last decade of cinema has taught us, it’s that anything featuring Stanley Tucci will be at least watchable. In the end though, you might want to save yourself the price of a ticket and just rent this on netflix or something. Watch the trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer below.