Sound Off: Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' - What Did You Think of It?
by Alex Billington
July 2, 2016
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? " The world is more giant than you can imagine." Now playing in theaters everywhere is the newest Steven Spielberg movie, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book The BFG - which stands for The Big Friendly Giant. Ruby Barnhill stars as Sophie, a young girl who befriends the "BFG", played by Oscar winner Mark Rylance. The full cast includes Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, plus Bill Hader as one of the other giants. So how is it? Does it live up to Roald Dahl's book? Is it as wonderful as Spielberg's many other movies, or is it a waste of his potential? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Spielberg's The BFG.
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To fuel the fire, I was not a fan of this film. I found it to be quite disappointing, overly cheesy, and worst of all, it lacks the magical feeling of Spielberg's past work - especially his other kids movies. I don't know what went wrong, but something happened and it just doesn't have that same Spielberg touch. Which is sad because I really, really wanted to love this movie. But I just didn't find much about it to love. Even right from the start it seem to feel off, there's not much of a story besides "oh there's a special place where giants live" and she suddenly ends up there without much explanation. The performances are fine, but they never go above and beyond, and it never really impressed me at all. Even the CGI is mediocre, and that's a shame.
From my review at the Cannes Film Festival: "Part of the big problem is the lack of any magical, emotional feeling at all throughout the entire film. If it's supposed to be an inspiring and empowering film for kids, then it's supposed to have a nice message that they can latch onto throughout. That message seems to be that our dreams are important and can help take us places or change the world. However, these dreams are realized quite literally as colorful, fairy dust-like dancing characters locked inside jars stored at the BFG's home. But they never amount to much. And even though they go to various beautiful places in giant land and the real world, these visuals feel empty." I wish I liked it more, I really do. But oh well, it's forgettable.
What did you think of Steven Spielberg's The BFG? A magical adventure, or lackluster waste?
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