Sometimes the talent that comes together for a certain movie is simply incredible. Take for example the works of the late great author Roald Dahl whose imagination has made the world a little bit better with such works as “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and the amazing talents of Steven Spielberg. Combining the imagination of Dahl with the signature creativity of Spielberg and you have a lovable summer masterpiece.
The BFG is a visual effects-filled film about a courageous little girl and the big friendly and somewhat shy giant you can’t help but love and wish was a member of your family.
This little British actress, Ruby Barnhill, is quite a treat. She really plays her age really well, meaning she’s so curious and full of questions, that’s what kids her age do. Little girls can be idealistic and optimistic, and Barnhill has all of that and a bag of chips. Rylance is perfect in his role as the BFG, because there’s that sense of child-like wonder also on Rylance’s expressions that are of course magnified by the wonders of Spielberg’s animation. Rylance’s gentleness and charm shine through naturally.
It’s easy to see why Steven Spielberg and Disney really wanted to bring this story to the big screen. Not only has the technology caught up to it, but also because it has those feel-good inspiring themes we need. It’s a story of hope and about two lonely misunderstood characters that become friends; it’s about tackling giant problems by using solutions that may seem giant to some; and it’s about being brave even when the world doesn’t give you a reason to be.
From time to time, Spielberg loves going back to wildly imaginative stories like The BFG that’s just all around wonderful. It’s not thrilling or romantic. The BFG is whimsical, feel good cinema magic that reminds us all when it comes to being brave, size doesn’t matter.
The BFG is a delightful and imaginative fairy tale which is a worthy successor to Spielberg’s equally touching, emotionally engaging and visually beautiful Hugo. It’s a unique spellbinding experience that will keep you intrigued until the end.