By Dave B.
In I Kill Giants (2018, currently on Hulu), Barbara (Madison Wolfe), an adolescent living in a small seaside town, is preparing for battle. She’s a giant-killer and the town’s self-appointed protector. Barbara is awkward, lonely, and self-admittedly mean to stupid people. This makes her misunderstood and shunned by her peers, while her preparations for giant slaying further isolate her from her family and her only friend.
The best thing about I Kill Giants are the performances. All of them are good, but Wolfe is phenomenal. She manages to convey bravery, isolation, rage, and vulnerability with a single look. I haven’t seen a performance this good by a 15-year old in a long time. Further, Barbara is a fascinating character. It isn’t often that a movie gives audiences a young girl whose world revolves around being a warrior in the ancient sense. That combined with the fact that this movie takes place in the present-day explains some of the alienation that Barbara feels and ridicule that she experiences. The movie is decently written and well-directed. My only significant complaint about it is that it feels a bit long for a movie that has about a 100 minute runtime. This has less to do with problems in pacing than it does with the fact that I Kill Giants is more of a psychological study than it is a fantasy or adventure film.
I Kill Giants is an interesting and compelling look into the mind of a young girl who is struggling with issues that many adults have trouble coping with. If you’re looking for a movie with tons of action and non-stop special effects, this likely isn’t the movie for you. But if the idea of seeing a creative film about a unique character and her attempts to bravely cope with trauma that is nearly beyond her comprehension appeals to you, you should definitely give I Kill Giants a couple hours of your time.
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