Bias Analysis: World Magazine article vs. Variety article: Reviews for “Jack the Giant Slayer”

World Magazine: “Jack the Giant Slayer” by Alicia M. Cohn

This article was published on the website of the Christian magazine World on March 8, 2013, and was written by Alicia M. Cohn. This article is rather short and concise, but there are still some elements of Christian bias. Near the end, the author remarks that the movie “sadly” ends in a battle, giving the impression that she is against violence and “peril”, as she puts it. Also, she talks about the parallels between the fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk” and the story of the Tower of Babel in the Bible.

Overall, the tone of this article is rather neutral. If it weren’t posted on this particular magazine’s website, you might not even be able to tell that it was written by a Christian journalist. The author gives the movie an overall good review, as well.

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Variety: “Film Review: Jack the Giant Slayer” by Justin Chang

This article was published on the website of the secular magazine Variety on February 26, 2013, and was written by senior film critic Justin Chang. Since he is a “senior film critic”, he has probably seen most of the movies to come out in the recent past, so he can probably tell the difference between a good movie and a flop more easily than the independent writers for World magazine. He calls this movie “rushed and unattractively animated”, and for the reasons previously stated we can probably take his word for it. This article also has more of a summary of the movie than the previous one, but it’s also a bit more harsh. He also goes so far as to call the film “pretty dumb”, though he seems to like the jobs that the actors did.

The overall tone of this piece is pretty snide and almost a little unforgiving at times. Perhaps writing for this more secular magazine gave the author more courage to be a bit more blunt and honest, while the columnist writing for World would probably not be so harsh.

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