Movie Review - I Kill Giants
Ness' creature certainly isn't something like The BFG (2016). It looked like a mutant tree. Kelly's creature here isn't much better looking. Kelly's creature is like part of a mountain come to life, rock-like and evil. It's either like a wild animal or a demonic force, meant to cause harm, and violence is the only way to handle it. This is ironic because the protagonist, the one having to bring the violence here, is a girl. You'd think a boy would be the one instigating the violence, but that isn't the case in Ness' movie. It certainly is the case here.
All we know is that Barbara runs around the woods and the beach setting traps for what she believes are giants hiding deep in the forest of even under the water but are in waiting to attack and destroy the town. Her traps are meant to lure the giants away or to a place where she can destroy them with a magic hammer, which she keeps in her tiny, pink purse. Now, despite the fact that Barbara sees these giants, no one else does, so this situation isn't like Jennifer Kent's The Babadook or Netflix's Stranger Things where one wonders if Barbara's giants are real or not. It's obvious that she's suffering from a mental illness or she's delusional.
The delusions are supposed to be a coping mechanism for a trauma in Barbara's life, but the movie never foregrounds what that trauma is. In fact, it keeps the trauma as a surprise for the end of the film, which is a mistake. A Monster Calls never hides what the trauma was, which happened to be the fact that the protagonist's mother was dying. Given the similarities between the two films, it's not hard to guess what the trauma is for Barbara.
Not Rated but for ages 14 and up.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 44 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.