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.
Spielberg has a very methodical approach to the visual, and I can think of no recent movie that seems so much like an expert and literal translation of a very smart storyboard directly to the screen. What cannot be accounted for entirely by adherence to storyboard, however, is the role motion plays here (both of the camera and of characters within the mise-en-scène). And the whole thing is as sweet as it ought to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to say I watched it Portuguese dubbed and the screenplay dialogues hold true to the beauty of Dahl's book and his whimsical fascination with words. the film gets lost towards the end,but the dreams and the giant's laboratory were very good.The screenwriter was ET's, it's not the same, but it's a good film for children to immerse in screen magic, my nephews did, it's refreshing!
The first half is very dull. It takes a long time for anything like a plot to emerge. It's strange to think that a 'storyteller' like Spielberg would create something that seemed like a series of nice moments. The moments however are quite nice. there are some effecting moments...and my nieces liked it (aged 12 & 9) - but they didn't love it.
Steven Spielberg's latest is a sweet, gently paced tribute to childhood fantasy, and a fitting swan song for screenwriter Melissa Mathison, whose screenplay achieves that rare feat of adding new material that helps the film's narrative without contradicting what made the book such a huge success. The BFG is also the subject of my first ever film podcast, which you can listen to on www.filmsofeverycolour.com
Such a delightful film. I watched it with this childish giddy grin on my face as I appreciated the attention to detail in the effects, fell in love with every quirk and mannerism of the BFG, feared for Sophie's glasses, and got lost in the fantasy of having such a strange yet loving friend in a strange land. Only Spielberg can bring back that sense of childhood wonder that adult cynicism buries. Really excellent!
Sometimes it's sweet, sometimes it's dumb. Sometimes it's entertaining, sometimes it's flat. Overall, it's an uneven movie, which is surprising since it is said it was one of Spielberg’s most beloved projects. I don’t really see that much love put into it. Sadly, the BFG is more like one of those by-the-numbers picture we soon forget about after we leave the theater.
This film was supposedly Spielberg's passion project for years, but I don't really feel it. Yes, the special effects were good, and Mark Rylance was a good choice for the titular character. But, for a Roald Dahl adaptation, it's considerably lacking in charm, wit, interesting characters and places, and genuine enchantment. It's amazing how the people who made "E.T." could make something so generic.