I Kill Giants – A Powerful Movie based on the Graphic Novel – Movie Review
I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe), a teenage girl who escapes the realities of a troubled school and family life by retreating into a magical realm fighting evil ‘giants’ – colossal monsters who attack her quiet coastal town.
With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school counsellor (Zoe Saldana), Barbara will learn to face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, coming to terms with her difficult home life and battling the mythic giants that threaten her world.
I Kill Giants stars Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek), Imogen Poots (Green Room, Sweet Virginia, 28 Days Later), Madison Wolfe (Joy, The Conjuring 2, Trumbo), Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Doctor Who), Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice, Zero Dark Thirty) and Sydney Wade (Wolfblood, The Damned United).
I Kill Giants – Really Not What I Was Suspecting!
After seeing the trailer for I Kill Giants, the first thought sprung to mind was of Shadow of the Colossus that I used to play endlessly on my trusty PS3, the look of the giants and the trailer had me bursting to see the film, but I wasn’t expecting the movie to turn out the way it has.
I Kill Giants is something very different, it is a film of facing your fears and the lead character Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) certainly manifests her fears into a mysterious and amazing world of giants as she battles them, along with her own fears of being bullied in school and the illness that her mother has.
This is a movie that I have enjoyed so much from start to finish, the giants are amazingly done, you don’t get to see much of them, but when you do, you have the feeling of their sheer power and fear that Barbara is creating in these creatures.
But with the underlying story that her mother is ill and she takes herself off into a fantasy world to battle giants to escape the reality of true-life is so nicely done, I found myself very emotional towards the end of the film, but still lifted that Barbara has fought her way through against giants, bullies and the fears of losing her mother.
I Kill Giants is a nicely put together movie, with a superb cast and a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout, it’s not the movie for those expecting all-out action and giant slaying, but it is a movie that touches the heartstrings of those that may be going through or have gone through moments of desperately trying to fight their fear.
The movie is produced by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and directed by Academy Award-winning director Anders Walter. Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Image Comics’ Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura. The coming-of-age fantasy adventure premiered to acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last September.