(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
In The BFG you get what director Steven Spielberg does best, crafting a visually beautiful film, but the story was a typical children’s story rom com!!!
Rating: 3 Stars
I’m not too familiar with the book, The BFG, by Roald Dahl. However, I am a fan of some of Dahl’s other books like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, and James and the Giant Peach. Dahl is an excellent children’s story author, and I’m sure The BFG is a pretty good book. Even though I’m not familiar with the story, with the great Steven Spielberg at the helm, I knew we were in for a treat, at least visually.
What I Like: Steven Spielberg has crafted another visually stunning spectacle. It was fun watching the way he captures the scenery of the city of London at night, the cinematography of Giant Country, and the CGI of the Giants and the little girl. The scene where they were trying to capture certain spirit dreams was awesome. Everything was executed beautifully to make this movie fun to watch at the very least. The chemistry between the BFG (Big Friendly Giant, played by Mark Rylance) and the young girl, Sophie played by Ruby Barnhill was authentic and you get emotionally invested as their relationship builds up to a powerful friendship. The angle of the BFG making dreams for everybody to experience was a cool subplot that tickles your imagination.
The So So: Mark Rylance playing the BFG was fun to watch, but listening to him was completely hard to understand. Yes I know he supposed to mispronounce some words, but most of the time he sounds like a drunken English hooligan. It was hard for me to follow what he said, and I had to wait to see what he did for me to comprehend the plot. That is no knock to Rylance as he did a tremendous job portraying the giant and showing some true emotion for the character. There is a scene I laughed at even though the comedy was extremely juvenile. The part where the BFG meets the Queen of England, played by Penelope Wilton and offers some special soda for everyone to drink. You knew that the soda gives you some extreme flatulence, but seeing everybody including the Queen and even her dogs drinking the soda, and expecting the hilarity to ensue. That part did make me laugh even though it is a juvenile fart joke. It was appropriate for this children’s movie.
What I Didn’t Like: The movie is a typical children’s story with the usual rom com. You see a human befriending some kind of species (in this case a giant), check. The rest of the species don’t like humans, (the giants like to eat humans), check. The human inspires the species to do something right, check. And a big battle at the end, check. Although, I didn’t like the final battle. I thought the humans won way too easily. Those other giants are strong enough to break through those nets. The final battle wasn’t epic enough for me to even care.
Overall: If you’re a fan of the book, you may enjoy this movie. It is a good movie to bring your kids to enjoy. It wasn’t scary whatsoever. As for me, the story was a typical children’s movie for me. At least it wasn’t too corny or juvenile for me to hate it!!!
Rating: 3 Stars
(Sidenote: How to Be Single- This movie piqued my attention at the beginning learning about the different techniques of living a single life. I can honestly say I learned a thing or two. It also had some comedic moments that made me laugh. However, the second half of the movie became a typical chick flick that made me roll my eyes once again. I still don’t think Rebel Wilson is funny!!!
Rating: 3 Stars)