There should be a separate genre heading for this film: time-wasting droopy fantasy. It is based on a graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura and directed by the Danish film-maker Anders Walter, who won an Oscar in 2014 for his short film Helium. From the outset, there is a heart-sinking sense of deja vu. Ja Bayona’s recent movie A Monster Calls – about a child retreating from emotional pain into CGI fantasy – had a certain storytelling force. But this awfully similar confection is flaccid: a pointless parade of unearned emotion, unearned drama, unearned everything.
Madison Wolfe plays Barbara, a lonely and troubled girl who regularly roams through the nearby forest hunting for “giants”, which we periodically get to see – sub-Iron-Giant/dementors. But there is no question of us,
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.
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I Kill Giants is not a fantasy movie. It’s a drama about fantasy: about the power of stories to help us understand our fears and cope with our anxieties and escape from our pain, at least for a little while. But in a rare creative conjunction, this movie is as thrillingly weird as its protagonist, 12-year-old Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe: The Conjuring 2, Joy). We have no doubt
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“Barbara Thorson is your new hero. A quick-witted, sharp- tongued middle-schooler who isn’t afraid of anything. As the only girl in school carrying an ancient Norse warhammer in her purse and killing giants for a living, why wouldn’t she be? I Kill Giants is the sweeping, bittersweet story of a young girl struggling to conquer monsters both real and imagined as her world crumbles at the feet of giants bigger than any one child can handle.”
I Kill Giants is set for release on March 23rd in the Us and on April 6th in the UK.
Fast forward nearly a decade and now Kelly and NIimura's vision has been turned into a feature film directed by Oscar-winning Danish director Anders Walter, produced by Chris Columbus and starring Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots.
I Kill Giants is a really beautifully imagined story of a girl dealing with some heavy issues by retreating into herself and lashing out at everyone who tries to help her: from her sister, played by Poots, who has put her own life on hold to take
For all of Walter’s pedigree and potential, the project had been an uphill battle from the very beginning. It didn’t seem to matter that it was based on a popular graphic novel with a built-in fanbase, or that it would star Brie Larson and Zoe Saldana. Twice the movie was ready to roll; twice it had collapsed. But this was all behind him as he sat on the tarmac at Copenhagen Airport. When he left Denmark, his career
Joe and Ken, thanks for taking the time to discuss I Kill Giants, and congratulations on the new feature film based on your comic book miniseries.
"... it's about a girl who's a bit of an outsider – she's funny, but totally in geekland, obsessed with 'Dungeons & Dragons'. She doesn't have a lot of friends, she's a bit of a social misfit.
"She's taken her fantasy life a little far, and really only talks about giants to people. She's convinced that giants are real and giants are coming, and it's her responsibility to stop them when they show up.
"This weird little fantasy life that she's going has started seeping into her real life, and as we see things from her point of view, we see that she sees pixies and she sees signs in the
It’s no surprise then that the two films I thought about while watching this adaptation were A Monster Calls and Where the Wild Things Are. I Kill Giants plays like a hybrid of sorts that’s just as cognizant of keeping things as darkly resonant. It’s okay for a family film targeting an audience that would call its lead (Madison Wolfe’s Barbara Thorson) a
Kelly, best known as part of the Man of Action Entertainment collective behind Cartoon Networks Ben 10 and Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, co-created the series about a young girl fighting the titular giants — who may or may not actually exist — with artist Ken Niimura for Image Comics a decade ago, and the collected edition went on to be named one of the books of the...
Directed by Anders Walter.
Starring Madison Wolfe, Sydney Wade, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Noel Clarke, Rory Jackson, Ciara O’Callaghan, and Jennifer Ehle.
Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.
I Kill Giants, while a decent debut full-length feature from director Anders Walter (based on Joe Kelly’s graphic novel), is an unfortunate victim of timing as by the time the credits rolled I wish I had just re-watched A Monster Calls (one of the absolute best movies of 2016). Both films deal with the similar subject matter of ostracized middle-school children escaping away from reality into a high fantasy setting in order to cope with the struggles of the real world. Here, we have young Barbara (Madison Wolfe) growing up surrounded by her slightly older brothers who basically sit around playing video games all day and generally not
Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Image Comics’ Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura the film is directed by Academy Award-winning Anders Walter and produced by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
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The stars Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek), Imogen Poots (Green Room, Sweet Virginia, 28 Days Later), Madison Wolfe (Joy, The Conjuring 2, Trumbo)
Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Doctor Who), Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Prejudice, Zero Dark Thirty) and Sydney Wade (Wolfblood, The Damned United).
I Kill Giants is in Cinemas 6th April and Digital 4th May
I Kill Giants Official Synopsis
I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson
With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school counsellor (Zoe Saldana), Barbara will learn to face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, coming to terms with her difficult home life and battling the mythic giants that threaten her world.
I Kill Giants stars Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Star Trek), Imogen Poots (Green Room, Sweet Virginia, 28 Days Later), Madison Wolfe (Joy,
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