"The BFG" Movie Review
Slow and steady doesn't always win the race. The BFG has a good plot and is a fun movie, when it's interesting. There's too little material to make a 2 hour film out of it, however, Spielberg does his best and provides an entertaining film for kids and adults alike.
The story follows Sophie, a young girl living in an orphanage, who sees a giant visiting the town and, as a result, is taken back to Giant Country to prevent her from spreading word that giants were coming near the town. Soon, she becomes friends with the Big Friendly Giant (BFG, see?) and helps him devise a way to get rid of the nasty mean giants plaguing BFG's country.
The acting is perfect, spot-on, and realistic. Sophie's reaction to seeing a giant vs her reaction to seeing a giant coming straight for her are both exactly what a real reaction would be. None of the dialogue is overexaggerated or cheesy and I'm grateful for the hard work the writers put into the film. The only issue is that it was overstuffed with material that didn't need to be there.
One element of the film did blow me away, however, and that was the visual effects. BFG looked incredibly real in his movements and actions. The scene that stood out the most to me was the BFG inside the Queen's mansion. I won't give away any plot details, but it was comical to see a giant try to navigate through a normal person's home.
In conclusion, this film is more fit for renting rather than seeing it theatrically. The slow moments are hard enough to sit through without having to do it in uncomfortable chairs. I do recommend seeing it, but do it from the comfort of your own home in a few months.
© 2016 Nathan Jasper