Steven Spielberg returns to the fantasy realm for his latest film based upon a children’s book written by author Roald Dahl ‘The BFG’, after Spielberg’s recent string of biopics and drama fare with ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘Lincoln’, and ‘War Horse’.
‘The BFG’ follows a girl named Sophie who lives at an orphanage in London. She is always on her own as she is very independent, organizing and tidying up rooms around the orphanage. However, she ignores her own rules of not getting out of bed during “the witching hour” and walking towards the open window. However, she does these things as she sees a strange thing, a giant. The giant snatches her and takes her to Giant Country, and that’s where their journey begins.
I remember this book being read to my class in third grade, however I can’t really remember much of it, and don’t have a personal connection that a lot of people have towards this bestseller book. However, Spielberg has done a brilliant job in terms of style (being very reminiscent of his past films that he has either directed, like ‘E.T.’, or produced, like ‘Super 8’) and imaginative visuals; e.g. the dreams and the dreamland is so visually stunning.
The film has many laughs that both kids and adults will enjoy, however the film does have very little jokes that was strictly aimed at kids, but there was only a few, mostly towards two fart jokes present. However, there was one at the end that I couldn’t resist but to laugh at. I won’t spoil it. The film can be a tad slow, mostly towards the second act, and the film’s climax does seem to go very fast; it’s finished just when it gets started, but despite these problems, the film is a total joy that families will have a good time watching together, with imaginative visual effects and strong acting performances by Mark Rylance (BFG) and Ruby Barnhill (Sophie).
‘The BFG’ is a BFM – Big Friendly Movie that families can enjoy together with its visuals, acting and pure fun.