Hey folks, Jesse here, I just got done watching I Kill Giants on Blu-ray. It’s a fantasy drama brought to us by the producers of the Harry Potter movies and is based on a graphic novel. It stars Madison Wolfe that you may recognize as the little girl in The Conjuring 2. One of the producers I mentioned is Chris Columbus and you may recognize his name from classics like Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire. Its definitely a family-friendly movie and has some fun for everyone. It deals with issues of loss and family tragedy. When adding elements of overcoming those adversities in a fantasy setting, you have a set up for a pretty enjoyable experience. So ask me about the movie. C’mon go ahead ask me…
The Movie Itself (4/5)
The movie is about a teenage girl named Barbara. The movie centers around the fact that giants are constantly around us causing devastation. Any time there is a hurricane, tornado or earthquake it was probably the fault of a giant. Well, Barbara doesn’t have time for any of that so she figured out a way to stop the giants from destroying her town. She kills them! Barbara is a misfit and a loner. She gets in trouble at school at and her ill temper gets her into trouble more than once. She gets picked on by bullies and her brother is a jerk.
Barbara does have a positive figure in her life with her sister Karen. She has taken extra responsibilities while their mother is sick with cancer. Karen tries to reach out to Barbara but is met with silence or sarcasm. It’s not until she meets Sophia a new girl in her neighborhood that she starts to open up.
When Barbara first meets Sophia she gives an explanation of what she does for her town. This is done through an animated scene depicting the giant lore. I tend to enjoy the addition of an animated scene in a movie. This one was pretty cool and it was a good way to set up the backstory and significance of giants in our world. She also reveals to Sophia that she has a giant hammer weapon for slaying the giants. She has affectionately named it Coveleski. It’s named after Phillies pitcher Harry Coveleski who was nicknamed ‘The Giant Slayer’. Barbara also reveals that she is actively hunting a giant and is afraid that one may be coming soon to destroy the town.
The movie continues down paths of self-discovery. Ultimately you begin to wonder if Barbara is telling the truth or if she is delusional and suffering from a mental breakdown. You begin to think that maybe the world she created is nothing but a cover for her feelings of losing control her life. Sometimes we cope with things in weird ways and children can use fantasy as an outlet for grief. Sophie and her school psychologist Mrs. Molle try to be supportive but remain apprehensive. It’s all proven by the end and I’ll say that the mighty Coveleski does it job when it’s needed most.
Visual/Picture Quality (4/5)
I liked the look of the movie and the visual effects were on par for a Hollywood movie these days. It took place in a coastal town, maybe Long Island. It was actually filmed in Ireland though so it makes things look a little more surreal. The outdoor scenes on the beach cast a gray and blue haze on some of the scenes when things were misty by the water. It definitely felt influenced by Chris Columbus’ cinematography style and reminded me of his movies I remember from my childhood. The animation was a bonus for me and the giants in the movie were definitely done right. The final showdown was a lot of fun to watch.
Audio/Sound Quality (3/5)
The movie had a pretty decent score. It was appropriate for a fantasy movie and really turned it up by the end. There were some pretty big parts of the movie that benefited from the score. It was nothing I haven’t really heard before though. It wasn’t exactly on the same level as Harry Potter but it was powerful when it needed to be. Really it was dependent a lot on the dialogue and the soundtrack is pretty standard.
Special Features (3/5)
- The making of I Kill Giants (1080p; 5:39)
- Interviews with the cast and crew
- Anatomy of a Scene (1080p; 4:52)
- Takes a look at the scene where Barbara fights “Titan”
- I Kill Giants graphic novel (Chapter One)
- Photo gallery
- Eighteen Stills
Nothing special. Slipcover and case.
- Aspect Ratio 2:40.1
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Runtime: 106 mins
I Kill Giants Overall (4/5)
I really enjoyed the movie and suggest it to anyone that wants to spend some quality time watching a movie with their family. It’s meant for older kids but I think it’s ok for all ages. I liked that it lacked a love interest and concentrated more on the point of view of a teenage hero that saves the day without the normal drama of teen romance.
Anyone who has felt awkward in school or uncomfortable around people can relate to Barbara. The inspiring part is that she won’t give up who she is and what she believes in. She stands up to bullies in school and giants in the afternoon before heading to bed at night. She is defeated more than once by her enemies but remains diligent. She’s an unlikely hero but those are the ones we can see ourselves in best. I like Superman and all, but you don’t have to be brave when nothing can hurt you back.
I Kill Giants is available on Blu-ray from Amazon or wherever you like to get your home media.