The BFG (2016)
The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
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Adapted from the work of Roald Dahl, a famous writer of other beloved children's books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The Witches, "The BFG" is centered around a little girl, who is an orphan, and an unusually gentle giant she comes to befriend through their journey to Giant Country. The story is endearing and imaginative as what you would expect from a Roald Dahl movie adaptation but what really makes it work in the cinematic form is the competent direction and the terrific delivery of the titular role. At the helm is Steven Spielberg collaborating with the late screenwriter,Melissa Mathison, whom he had worked with in E.T. Extraterrestrial. Spielberg, who has directed acclaimed films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Close Encounters with the Third Kind, and The Adventures of Tintin which are known for their special effects, continues to prove his mastery of wielding this technical aspect for a greater drive on story telling. Mark Rylance (who won an Academy Award for his supporting part in Spielberg's Bridge of Spies) lends an excellent voice work (and facial likeness) for the BFG which captures the gentleness of the character as well as his eccentricities especially his way with words.Given the strong aspects of the movie, this may not be the cup of tea for many mature audiences as the story itself is set in a fantastical world as seen through a child's eyes. Still, I predict that the regard for The BFG will grow over the years (like in the case of Spielberg's Hook) mostly due to the young viewers who are more capable of being moved by the moral of the story and of appreciating the movie's memorable sequences that no one seems to notice as of the moment .The BFG is a solid, great movie for children. For adults, you can enjoy it too, like I did.
This movie was all about kick-back, relax and enjoy your childhood once again. Adorable movie.
Visually, this movie is magnificent. But it lacks magic. Dahl's stories had magic. Spielberg's classics had magic. But this film? They seemed to think that a classic tale with amazing effects and good vocal talent would somehow equal something beautiful. Unfortunately, the math does not work out...the end result is LESS than the sum of its parts. I would have better served to read the book (or watch E.T., for that matter).
A beautiful tale brought to life by Spielberg. A fascinating universe makes up for the simplicity of the story (which can be forgiven since it's a children's book). Dahl's original story is beautifully retold on screen. The jokes and good ending most certainly make it an amazing, enjoyable family movie that is a pleasure for both the eye and the soul.