In its best moments, a masterpiece of perspective. Spielberg's camera ebbs and winds through multiple points of view and fantasies (both, large and small) in ways rivaling the best of his own work, and for a second, feels briefly like a successor to Hook. When it strays from these two perspectives it falls apart spectacularly.
I'm a big Dahl fan, and Spielberg's movies are most honest when they center on a lonely child, so the bad buzz didn't faze me and the idea of an old-fashioned kids film was enticing. The question remains, though, whether an old-fashioned kids movie can exist when bombast is a prereq, even here. You have to watch this movie as a gleaner, sifting through for the keepers. As ever, Spielberg's secret weapon is lyricism.
A faithful remake of a classic, which itself was faithful to the book, this version of the BFG doesn't fail to deliver on any aspect. The less whimsical BFG had to grow on me but think I much prefer it this way after all. That said, they held nothing back and gave us the full experience, whizzpoppers and all. The digital effects, easily the part that could have ruined this film, were very impressive.
What a mess. Visually stunning but what a plonk of a script, how flimsy is the story. The film trudges through mud while looking at its own navel. While busy recreating the wonders of a dreamland Spielberg forgets to develop pace and purpose. Time goes by and simply fantastic animation techniques and sweet cute little carachters are not enough to counter-balance the tedium that starts engulfing it all.
Found this film a visual delight with some warm and touching storytelling. However, I felt it needn't have to be almost 2 hours long. Besides, there were a few parts where the story almost lost itself and the ending seemed way to rushed to me. On the bright side, it offered everything and more of what a film adaptation from a Roald Dahl's book should come up with.
I don't think one ever reaches an age where children movies stop being moving or funny (or both); yet, as much as I enjoyed the hour and something that I spent with BFG, it didn't thrill me as much as I was anticipating ever since the moment I first watched the trailer. There was something that wasn't captivating me, even though Sophie was amazing and I just love me some brave, endearing female protagonists.