Director: Don Swanson
Writer: Aaron Dunbar (Screenplay)
Starring: Naysa Altmeyer, Alexa Mechling, Connor McClain, J.P. Edwards, Jerry Pietrala, Joe Fishel
Plot: Sophie, a young volunteer, meets her kindred spirit in Roxie, a girl with a life threatening medical condition and a unique wish to meet Bigfoot.
Tagline – An impossible wish. A determined volunteer.
Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Plays on the Heart Strings
Story: A Wish for Giants starts as we see how Roxie (Mechling) a school girl gets struck down with a brain tumour, like all kids that are suffering this tragic illness, they get a chance for a wish, which brings in Sophie (Altmeyer) a student volunteer who takes the case, but the wish is to meet bigfoot.
Determined to fulfil this wish Sophie must face the difficulties of trying to prove whether this could be real or not, while rich boy student Derrick (McClain) sees this as a chance for fame and fortune.
Thoughts on A Wish for Giants
Characters – Sophie is a hard working student and volunteer that helps sick children fulfil a wish, this is her first solo case and she will focus on any resources to make this a reality for Roxie. Roxie is the school girl that has been struck with the terminal disease, her wish is to meet bigfoot, because no one else has been able to say thy have, this is character that is shown to be any child that suffers. Derrick is a fellow student, he is rich, self-centred and believes his money can get him anything he wants in the world.
Performances – Naysa Altmeyer in the leading role is good, we believe the determinations she is going through. Alexa Mechling is good in the role of the suffering school girl, we see how she wants to be different. Connor McClain does the morally wrong character well in this movie, playing the position well throughout the film.
Story – The story follows the efforts volunteers put into help terminal sick children, it does play in out like a behind the scenes look at this moment being prepared which is interesting too see. This is a good look at how this process is achieved, while also knowing the suffering being felt by the child. We do get into moral grounds about making the wish happen and you will be left in the position of wondering how the dreams are being fulfilled.
Fantasy – The movie uses the idea of fantasy when it comes to looking at the wish that Roxie wants fulfilled, this is the best way to look at this situation because it is the only way to approach it for Sophie.
Settings – The film uses the settings to show the lives of the characters, be it the struggles of the student, the hospitals that Roxie goes through and the woods that could be home to bigfoot.
Scene of the Movie – In the woods.
That Moment That Annoyed Me – Derrick does becoming a character you don’t want to be watching.
Final Thoughts – This is a good, strong drama that shows the struggles to make a wish come true for a terminal ill school kid, it does try to play on the heart strings and offers the question about how far would you go for this to be achieved.
Overall: Strong drama