Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Short Reviews of RiffTrax Shorts: Jack and the Beanstalk

It's Short Reviews of RiffTrax Shorts, our new series where the title is almost as long as the actual reviews!  We are going to take a look at every RiffTrax Short in the catalog, and write a very brief review on them all.  
(Released February 25, 2019)

The tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is one that has entertained children for two-hundred and eighty five years.  The version in this short, however, has not entertained a single person.

In this version, Jack's cow—named Milky White—stopped giving milk.  Without prompting, Jack decides to sell the now worthless bovine.   On his way to the market, he meets an old man who asks him, "how many beans make five?"  Jack answers, "two in each hand and one in your mouth."  Yeah, I have no idea.

Anyway, the old man and Jack trade magic beans for the cow, yadda yadda yadda.

Once we get up to the giant's castle...wait, it's not a giant?  Nope, it's an ogre.  Or just a guy and his wife.  Jack steals the chicken that lays the golden eggs, and the "ogre" gives chase.

Normally, I would be able to say you know what happens next, but this version is a wee bit different.  Between what happens at the end and the riff that accompanied it, I laughed, almost choked on my granola bar, and had a few pieces land on my laptop.

The riffing on this one is great, and I'm sure I will be rewatching Jack and the Beanstalk many times.

Jack and the Beanstalk gets four hungry "ogres" out of five.