When I read the word ‘Bigfoot’ in a film description, my hesitation becomes visibly obvious. But I truthfully thought that A Wish For Giants may be the movie to change that. With a sweet and touching premise, I was not only intrigued, but hopeful! Now, after sitting through the film, all 78 minutes of it, I am left feeling exhausted, disappointed, and quite frankly, frustrated that those are 78 minutes of my life I am never getting back.
I wish I was exaggerating.
The film is about a young girl, Roxie, who is recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. She meets with volunteer Sophie in hopes that she can fulfill her wish of meeting Bigfoot. Sophie tests her limits doing everything she can to make Roxie’s wish come true. But is it even possible?
The concept of the film is something I can most certainly get behind. It’s quirky, unique, and touching. But the way the concept is executed is so flawed that it’s difficult to sit through. To say that this film is the work of an amateur is a kindness.
Let’s begin with the quality. I am genuinely curious as to what equipment they used to shoot this film. I have seen better from a cheap DSLR or an iPhone, and I’m not joking. As for auditory, the dialogue is often muffled by the sounds of nature, leading me to believe they didn’t use a microphone and if they did, they didn’t use it properly. But, all of that could have been forgiven with a few good performances. Unfortunately, A Wish For Giants lacks in this area as well.
Though there are a few choice moments that evoke genuine emotion from the audience, the majority of the film feels awkward and forced. More than one member of the cast stutters through their lines in such a way that it seems they have trouble remembering them! With little emotion in their voice and limited use of facial expressions, it’s difficult to find any of the actors believable throughout the film. Though Naysa Altmeyer (Sophie) and Alexa Mechling (Roxie) have their moments, they are few and far between.
Then, we come to Derrick, played by Connor McClain. I still struggle to see the purpose of the character himself. He takes away from the heart of the story in a subplot that holds little interest. And McClain’s acting ability, I’m sorry to say, appears to simply be non-existent. Dialogue is delivered with awkward, lengthy pauses and stutters. At best, the performance is laughable. At worst…embarrassing.
I must admit, I could not watch this movie in one sitting. I had to stop every 10-15 minutes simply to take a breather, barely able to finish watching the film at all. A Wish For Giants felt, overall, unnatural and forced with too many flaws to overcome. The combination of poor writing, poor quality, and poor performances leaves me no choice but to say that I would not recommend watching this film. A Wish For Giants had promise, but in the end, it seems that’s all it has.
A Wish For Giants Is Out Now.