A glimmer of hope...
The story that motivates this Bigfoot hunt comes out of left field. A girl with an inoperable brain tumor wants nothing less than to meet him. So, you read this and, immediately, you imagine spending time in the woods. You picture something creepy. You imagine an adventure leading to a guy in a monster suit. A Wish for Giants, in fact, is dialogue-heavy and has a procedural structure.
The fact that this film is based on a novel makes it denser than the average low budget indie. It neither feels the need to be a thriller nor a horror movie. It just wants to tell a tale. From a certain point on, it becomes increasingly touching. We understand what points A and B are, but we can’t imagine how we’ll get there. The slow pacing can be a double-edged sword for those with expectations.
At some point, you might wonder why nothing is being done about Bigfoot. The protagonists aren’t even trying that hard to find him, and when they put some effort, we end up with a third act so thick we never see it coming. The dialogue is often uncomfortable, the sound is echo and the photography is basic, so I strongly suggest you see this film for its story, primarily; as a modern fairy tale.