30th Mar2018

‘I Kill Giants’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe, Noel Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Sydney Wade | Written by Joe Kelly, J.M. Ken Niimura | Directed by Anders Walter


I Kill Giants is quite a name for a movie. A really good name actually because with that and the awesome artwork on its poster, I was immediately intrigued…. Based on the comic book of the same title, I Kill Giants tells the story of a troubled girl, Barbara (Madison Wolfe) who believes giants are coming to her town and she is the one to stop them. She has some help in new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) as well as her sister Karen (Imogen Poots) and the school psychologist Mrs Molle (Zoe Saldana) who don’t initially believe what she is saying.

Those looking for a horror movie full of giant slaying might be a little disappointed to hear that this isn’t that kind of film. Please don’t be put off though because it has so much more to offer.

The director Anders Walter, with his first full length feature film, has created a brilliantly fantastical world set in reality. The world through Barbara’s eyes is a world that I, as a child, wished I was living in (well, minus the being bullied part), and Barbara is the kid I wished I was. Grown up but still full of innocence; a bit of a geek but tough enough to stand up for herself; and desperately wanting a friend, even if she thinks she prefers being alone. It’s a character we can all relate to and Madison Wolfe is a sensation in the lead role. Horror fans might recognise her from a brief role in the Scream TV series or more likely from Devil’s Due and most recently The Conjuring 2. I would be massively surprised if she doesn’t have a very successful acting career ahead of her. Young British actress Sydney Wade (Wolfblood) plays best friend Sophia and like Wolfe, she puts in performance that is much more accomplished than you might expect from someone of her young age. The two leads show good chemistry and their characters are a perfect ying and yang with each other.

The two ‘big’ names of this film, Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Green Room) don’t get quite enough screen time. It’s not that these are just cameos, that’s not the problem. Both characters have key relationships with Barbara and their scenes with her are some of the most emotional in the movie. But I felt that we didn’t get to see enough of their closeness and the relationships felt a little rushed. But this is a very minor fault.

Visually, I Kill Giants is wonderful. From simple things like the families home ,to Barbara’s ‘dens’ she has created, and then right up to the giants themselves. Now I did say at the beginning of this review that this wasn’t a full on action-packed giant killing feature. And its not. The giants are teased early on but the big fight scenes, especially in the latter third of the film, do look fantastic. And I guarantee you’ll be cheering Barbara on to defeat them!

But despite all this giant killing, the real reason I Kill Giants is so good, is because you care about its characters. None more so than Barbara.

Not too many movies are quite as emotional and heart-warming as this. And this one just so happens to feature giants too. With influences ranging from The Breakfast Club to Stand By Me to Stranger Things and A Monster Calls I Kill Giants is a coming of age story with a difference and one you will want to watch again and again.

***** 5/5

I Kill Giants is released in UK cinemas on April 6th.


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