Mind you, I read the original picture book version when I was 10 so that's an extra standard I hold the film up to. The book is called 'The Iron Man' and is a story of more power and simplicity. Nice to see a Poet Laureate worthy of his honor.
It's the story of a boy teaming up with a giant and what they do for each other. The situational comedy detracts from that, the tone of their adversity demeans them and most of all the lack of character in The Giant undermines it all.
Vin Diesel seems impressed with his work in 'the making of' commentary but despite his carefully directed grunts and groans the effect fails to give life to the character. Far from being a main character, it's as though The Giant were more akin to the T-Rex in J' Park or Han Solo's "Tauntaun". Not as it should be.
This leaves the film high and dry. All you have left is the goings on between boy and Mom, boy and Mr Scrapyard, antagonist and boy, antagonist and Frasier's Dad.
Two stars only.