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I Kill Giants Blu-ray Review

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“I Kill Giants” is an uneven fantasy drama.

Based on the Image Comics series by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura, “I Kill Giants” revolves around a nerdy, spunky, imaginative, eccentric, loner teen girl (Barbara) who retreats into a fantasy life in which she baits and kills giants. The reason for her escape from reality involves a tragedy in Barbara’s life which is revealed later in the film. As Barbara struggles with her painful reality, three people in her life try their best to help her- her older sister (Karen), her new friend (Sophia) and a school psychologist (Mrs. Molle).

If the plot of “I Kill Giants” sounds familiar that’s because it greatly resembles “A Monster Calls” (which is a superior film). Yes, the “I Kill Giants” comic series may have come first, but ‘Monster’ really tugged at the heart strings and delivered an emotionally investing film. As for the film version of ‘Giants’ (which is penned by the comic writer Joe Kelly), it is competently made AND supremely well acted (which I’ll get to in a bit), but the script never quite digs deep enough. The problem with the story is that it’s too singular. You understand what is happening right away and while writer Joe Kelly tries to offer up a twist as to why it is happening in the end, it comes far too late. Much of the film is simply biding its time until that big plot point comes. As a result, the story simply lacks depth and an emotional punch. Now, I’m not saying the movie isn’t emotional. It is still a touching story about grief, mental preparedness, pain, escapism, and acceptance. However, I can’t help but feel like something is missing here to really make it more layered and less by the numbers.

Where “I Kill Giants” succeeds is with the cast. The female cast is strong across the board. Madison Wolfe does a fine job carrying the film as Barbara, Imogen Poots shines in a supporting role, Zoe Saldana shows more dramatic range as Mrs. Molle and Sydney Wade brings a lot to the character of Sophia.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite being a little dark at times, this was a beautifully shot film that looks crisp and clear on hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A solid if somewhat soft track.

Extras: * Photo gallery * The first chapter of the graphic novel * “Anatomy Of A Scene” An inside look at the making of a beach sequence. * “The Making Of I Kill Giants”- A standard making of featurette on the film.

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May 20, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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