There's a major shift happening as more and more films start to release day and date on VOD: they're looking bigger and better than most tent poles you can go see in the theaters. One of the best recent examples of this trend (right off the top of my head) is Beyond Skyline, which packs more gorgeous SFX work and spectacle into one 90-minute B-Movie romp than almost all of the Transformers films combined. Hell, there's a damn kaiju battle out of nowhere in that one. It's crazy.
It looks like I Kill Giants is going to be the next treat that blows you away while you're still sitting on the couch. Following the exploits of a teenage girl (Madison Wolfe) who escapes the realities of school and a troubled family life by retreating into her magical world of fighting evil giants, Anders Walter's debut feature takes Joe Kelly's eponymous graphic novel and brings it to life with a crazy amount of scope and scale.
Take a look:
I'm getting serious Where the Wild Things Are vibes from that spot, and the supporting cast - which includes Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Imogen Poots (Green Room) - is pretty solid. While we're currently lamenting the rise of Netflix (and for good reason), it also feels like these VOD productions keep getting more lavish, just so they can compete for your dollar without you leaving home. That's pretty neat.
I Kill Giants hits limited theaters and VOD March 23rd. I'm definitely going to be checking it out.