Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldy confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true.
I Kill Giants is a movie based on the comic series released by IMAGE Comics, in which a girl coping with the illness of her mother, creates a fantasy world where she is a great giant slayer. I Kill Giants is more of a drama than I initially thought it would be. I am, of course, unfamiliar with the source material, so that’s my fault. I have no way of knowing if it’s a faithful adaptation, but I can speak as to whether or not the movie is good, bad, or other. I haven’t read every comic on earth, so this is bound to happen from time to time.
I Kill Giants is a good movie, well made, with good acting and great visuals, but I don’t think it is a movie for me. Like I said, I was expecting more of a Kaiju movie than a heartfelt drama. I dip my toe in lots of different types of movies, ranging from straight comedies, extreme horror, family animation, action and more, but it has to be a damn good drama to rope me in, at least enough to inspire me to write about it. There is a bit of monster movie stuff peppered in there, but not enough to attract fans of giant monster movies, unfortunately. If you’re expecting a ton of that, you’ll probably be disappointed.
If you’re looking for a dark coming-of-age drama with a few moments of cool monster effects, you may find some enjoyment in I Kill Giants. The monsters are cool, though mostly CG, and the concept itself is cool. As I explained above, I haven’t read the comic, so I have no idea how talky it is, and if this is the way it plays out in another format. For me personally, I hoped for more monsters and less talking. It’s not a bad movie, and I am glad that I have seen it, but after my first viewing, I can safely file it away in the archive and probably never take it off the shelf again. Don’t let me detract you, if this is something you’ve been looking forward to. By all means, give it a shot. I was disappointed, but it was mostly due to my ignorance and expectations.
I Kill Giants is available on Blu-ray as of today, from Image/RLJ Entertainment.
- The Making of I Kill Giants
- Anatomy of a Scene
- I Kill Giants Graphic Novel: Chapter 1
- Photo Gallery