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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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
I have not seen this yet but it gave me a weird type of a zemeckis feel to it when i watched the trailers!
LV 426 on Jul 2, 2016
Yeah i felt the same...However I adore Dahl and Spielberg....so it'll defintley be getting my money on uk release
DAH on Jul 2, 2016
"A magical adventure, or lackluster waste?" Lol, I'm guessing the latter...
cuckoozey on Jul 2, 2016
Maybe I should read the book to see where and why certain decisions were made. Or maybe only 8-12 year olds only see the movie. I felt it was lacking the ambition Spielberg can easily add to a movie with a flick of his wrist. Don't expect me to fall in love with a movie just because everyone had a 'good experience' when making it. I fear they may have sold the sizzle on this one -sad face emoticon.
Whichhalfofthewit on Jul 2, 2016
I read the book when I was younger. It was kinda slow in some areas but overall I loved it. Really good for kids. Most adults won't like it if they didn't read the book.
tyban81 on Jul 3, 2016
Walked out after an hour
Joker's hideout on Jul 4, 2016
My parents took my 9 year old son and they seemed to enjoy it. Apparently the Queen farts so of course that was the highlight. LOL
David Diaz on Jul 4, 2016
I didn't see it because I had no idea what the acronym BFG stood for!
Clay Mark on Jul 5, 2016
And I didn't see it because the giants and the universe looked all CGI.
tarek on Jul 5, 2016
is Spielberg a has been? Looks like it. A old guy directing child movies??? And to think he has made saving private ryan, close encounters, et, Munich etc, such a bloody shame with so many stories waiting to be told.
ari smulders on Jul 5, 2016
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