Writer: Joe Kelly (Screenplay) Joe Kelly, J.M. Ken Niimura (Graphic Novel)
Starring: Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Sydney Wade, Rory Jackson
Plot: Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.
Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Emotional Fascinating
Story: I Kill Giants starts as we see Barbara (Wolfe) doing experiments to see which giants will get attracted to which scents, she lives with her sister Karen (Poots) and brother Dave (Parkinson) and she doesn’t have any friends. Barbara spends her days preparing for battle with giants, who she believes walks around the world, with a new friend Sophia (Wade) she reveals her secrets.
As the new school psychologist Mrs Molle (Saldana) tries to figure out Barbara, Barbara starts becoming more distant from the real world in her fight against the giants with Sophia supporting her, just how much is an escape from reality?
Thoughts on I Kill Giants
Characters – Barbara is the school girl that lives in a fantasy world where she prepares to fight giants, she is a loner at school, distant from her siblings, she doesn’t let people in her life no matter how hard some try, it is clear she is dealing with some sort of personal grief or trauma, but what has caused it, is what we want to know about her character. Mrs Molle is the new school psychologist that wants to help Barbara, she knows there is a bigger problem and will dedicate more tie to learn the truth about her problems. Karen is the older sister of Barbara, she is trying hold the family together looking after her siblings, she is suffering as well, but must stay strong. Sophia is the new girl in town, she wants to befriend Barbara and shows the patience a true friend would when they are suffering.
Performances – Madison Wolfe is fantastic in this leading role, we see just how she shows how hiding the grief can make you seem enthusiastic and determined when deep down all you want to do is cry. Zoe Saldana is great in this role where we see her being a calming influence instead of the action heavier role she has been known for. Imogen Poots and Sydney Wade are both good in the supporting roles in this film too.
Story – The story follows a school girl that is battling giants being very distant from the world. this story goes in a direction I personally wasn’t expecting and this only make this better on every level. We can learn and work early on that something isn’t right with Barbara’s life, we get hints and you can see she is dealing with something a child that age shouldn’t have to experience. By the end of this story you may find yourself emotional exhausted and believing me when I say, this will be one that will stick with you for long after it finishes.
Fantasy – The fantasy side of the film shows us just how the world Barbara is creating works, with giants, traps and preparation for battle against them.
Settings – The film keeps us in a small coastal town in America, it shows how people can know each other, but not know the truth about what is going on in life.
Special Effects – The effects are save for anytime Barbara is battle the giants, we don’t get to see them completely as this does only let her see them.
Final Thoughts – This is easily one of the biggest and best surprises I have seen this year, I feel it is a must watch and one you will need to prepare yourself for.
Overall: Must watch emotional rollercoaster.