I Kill Giants review by Bobby Blakey
Some of the best films to come out are those that come out of nowhere and tend to look a bit out there. Sadly there are more that don’t work than do, but when they do they leave an impact. The latest that has that possibility is I Kill Giants based on the acclaimed Man of Action graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura.
I Kill Giants follows Barbara Thorson is a teenage girl who escapes the realities of school and a troubled family life by retreating into her magical world of fighting evil giants. With the help of her new friend Sophia and her school counselor, Barbara learns to face her fears and battle the giants that threaten her world. The film stars Madison Wolfe, Sydney Wade, Imogene Poots, and Zoe Saldana. Going into this film I had a different perception to what this film was going to be based on the trailers themselves. Instead of a straight fantasy flick this is a dark emotional journey that really smacks you in the face with reality. There are obviously fantasy elements but they are really secondary to the bigger picture and that is a good thing.
The cast all do a great job, but this is Madison Wolfe’s film to carry and she does a wonderful job bringing the emotion, strength and struggle to this believable story. I never read the actual comic this film is based on, but do know that while it stuck to the story there are some elements that were expanded upon by creator Joe Kelly to flesh it all the more. This may or may not bother fans, but for me it worked well to make this story work. Make no mistake this is a pretty depressing film but in the best possible way. I was so happy that the direction was not what I had expected so I recommend people avoid trailers if possible and just watch the film as is.
In the end this film works great and offers up a powerful emotional story with some good twists and turns. When need be the visual effects work great to elevate the feature, but never overshadows the true nature of the film. In addition to the film this release includes bonus content including a photo gallery, chapter 1 of the graphic novel and featurettes taking you behind bringing this story to life.
Grab your copy of I Kill Giants when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on May 22nd from RLJE Films.