Jack the Giant Slayer by: Evan Kline

Posted: March 1, 2013 by jperritt in Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Jack-The-Giant-Slayer-wallpapers-1“The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farm hand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.” IMDB

This weekend we have the release of the first big-budget movie of 2013: Jack the Giant Slayer. Two things immediately trigger my spidey-senses; one, assuming mother goose isn’t a liar, they got the title wrong. It’s actually “Jack and the *Beanstalk*,” Hollywood. You and your fancy marketing ploys… I have childhood memories to preserve here! At any rate, if the title is any indication, it appears that there will be a shift in this upcoming film from the magic and mystery of a few beans bought to feed a starving family to a battle of giant proportions (boom! pun).

To be fair, “Jack the Giant Killer” (Also the movie’s original working title) is actually an old story birthed out of the King Arthur tales. The movie will be a pieced together Frankenstein of these two stories. It does intrigue me that the title seems to give away the end of the movie: Jack’s gonna slay some giants and win the day! Hooray! Immediately, before the movie is playing on the big screen, we’re told the kind of person this Jack fellow is and how he’s going to win. The mystery isn’t in the ending, but in how Jack is going to accomplish the slaying. He’s a simple farm hand, and they are giants! How will he do it? I must know!

The second (spidey-sense) trigger is another character which is very similar to our buddy Jack. Enter: David. Scripture tells us of a young lad who aids his king and kingdom in slaying a giant of his own. He delivers the victory-sealing blow over the pagan Philistines; a proto-D-day if you will. David, when questioned by Saul beforehand if he has the moxy to get the job done, says that in the past he had killed bears and lions to defend his sheep, and the strength for him to do this came from God himself. If we keep reading in Scripture we see that David is actually a ‘type’ or a shadow of someone else who came and likewise dealt a defeating blow to our enemy that is sin and death. This person is Jesus.

When thinking of this idea of ‘giants,’ metaphorical in our case and ‘real’ for Jack, we can only tackle ‘giants’ in our life because Jesus himself has gone before us and tackled the greatest giant. Just like David attributed his battlefield prowess to God, our own giant-defeating power comes from Jesus himself, not because of our own strength, but because of His and because we know the ending: the giant, sin, is defeated.

It will be interesting to see this same storyline portrayed by Hollywood. I would encourage us all to be thinking about where Jack will find the ability to slay his own giant. We know (presumably) the ending, but how will he get there? What or who will he depend on? Where will he find strength to kill his giant? And how close is that to our reality in Christ? It will be interesting to find out!
Evan Kline grew up in Pardeeville Wisconsin (it’s a real place; promise) and still pronounces bagel ‘funny,’ which is the right way. He graduated from Covenant College with his degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. He loves the outdoors (backpacking, caving, canoeing) and movies (Toy Story 3, The Prestige, The Fountain), his ultimate joy being, of course, outdoor movies. Evan blogs at http://gracethatbrought.tumblr.com/


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