I really like almost all of the Spielberg films that I have seen, so I knew that I would be giving this movie a watch. That, combined with strong reviews out of Cannes, made me go see the film on opening weekend. Unfortunately, while "The BFG" was well-made technically, it ended up being one of my least favorite Spielberg films.
I read the Roald Dahl book in elementary school and was enchanted by the whimsical tale and its humor and heart. The sense of awe achieved by Dahl's writing in the book wasn't really translated well to the screen. There were a few scenes that felt truly magical, however a lot of the film fell flat in that department. Dahl's humor was also mostly lost in this film until about thirty minutes from the end. The laughs were sparse in the beginning of the film, but heavy once the Queen first comes in. The film as a whole is quite a bit slower than I remember the book being, and it took me a lot longer to get fully invested in the story than is normal.
Regardless, the film has very good technical elements. The cinematography was phenomenal, both showcasing landscapes and using the camera magnificently to capture Sophie against the vastness of Giant Country. The score by John Williams is as amazing as is usual for his work. The visual effects are also great, especially those of the giants, which are able to show so much emotion. In line with the emotion shown by the visual effects, Mark Rylance was phenomenal in his role, adding even more to the film. Ruby Barnhill was also good as Sophie, but her performance pales in comparison to Rylance's.
So overall, "The BFG" had really good cinematography, visual effects, and performances, however, it was a lot less compelling that I had expected as a fan of the book and its author. It is worth seeing in theaters since it is undeniably well-made and visually impressive, however it isn't as much fun as it should (and could) have been.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not.
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