The BFG Movie Review
CRITIC'S RATING: 4.0/5
AVG READERS' RATING: 3.8/5
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CAST:Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton
DURATION:1 hour 57 minutes
STORY: Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a clever and curious 10-year-old orphan finds herself in the strange company of a giant dream-catcher, who she fondly calls the BFG (a brilliant Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant). Unlike the other monstrous giants, BFG does not eat 'human beans' (read human beings). The two lonely souls bond over their mutual liking for adventures and form an unexpected friendship. But can Sophie be safe in the Giant Country?
REVIEW: In BFG's lingo, if I were to describe my first thoughts on watching this beautiful fairytale, I'd say, "I IS HAPPY". Steven Spielberg, the master storyteller weaves his magic once again and transports you to a world of fantasy that pleases the child in you. An enchanting tale on a chance companionship between an unlikely pairing has never been so riveting.
A tad melancholic, Spielberg's dreamy adaptation of the 1982 children's classic by Roald Dahl, stirs up emotions. Unhurried and peaceful, his film seems like a soothing lullaby that calms your senses. Like the central characters, who find happiness in others' sweet dreams, the sheer joy on Sophie and her giant friend's face make you happy.
Though shot beautifully on a magnificent scale, there's much more to the film than its 3D visual imagery, live-action and motion-capture wizardry. The human feelings surpass technology. Mark Rylance's performance exudes longing and innocence. His sad gaze and gentle demeanour tugs at your heartstrings, drawing you close to him, just like Sophie. Ruby Barnhill is equally adorable as the smart girl who corrects the giant's English. Their banter is entertaining. The climax is another highlight. The royal track lends that much needed pace to the proceedings.
This heartwarming tale of friendship stays true to Spielberg's standard of excellence and vivid imagination. He manages to recreate the E.T magic, thanks to a similar moving storyline and an endearing background score. The kids will love it and so will you.
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