PG | 117 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
*In theaters July 1st 2016*
Synopsis: A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.
Review - Matt Mungle
Review: I admit that at first glance this film never pinged my must see radar. The fact that Steven Spielberg was at the helm and it was based on a book by Roald Dahl did peak my curiosity though.On the other side I can honestly say it was a truly endearing and heartwarming story that the whole family can enjoy.
Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is up late at night wandering the halls of the orphanage when she spots BFG (Mark Rylance) on the street. In order to keep her from telling everyone about the giants, BFG whisks her off to Giant Land where they soon become friends and allies. BFG doesn't fit in at all with his fellow giants and soon he and Sophie hatch a plan that will help them both.
The story, which I am told follows the book very closely, is a rich tale mixed with beloved characters and adventurous action. Sophie is a tenacious little girl who turns BFG's world upside down. The two of them together are a magical cinematic match. Spielberg is at his best when he is telling compelling stories in the wheelhouse of whimsy. He captures the essence of a children's story line and brings it to life in a way few directors can.
Rylance teamed with Steven on last years BRIDGE OF SPIES. Though a totally different type of film you still get the deep and emotionally grounded Rylance delivery; even in a muddle talking giant. You might not completely see him physically but you can't mistake the voice and diction. He brings a warmth to BFG that is important in a movie about giants and little children.
The film looks stunning too. The seamless graphics allow you to watch the interaction without ever looking for the "strings". The colors are vibrant and the giants features are intricately carved out. From the gaunt look of BFG to the beefy textures of Bloodbottler (Bill Hader), Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement), and Maidmasher (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) each giant is designed perfectly.
As initially stated this film is for the entire family. All will find something to garner from its story and characters. BFG is rated PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor. The giants are menacing but nothing to the extent that would cause nightmares. The way Spielberg handles these moments speaks to his ability to relate a story thoughtfully. I give it 4 out of 5 whizzlewaddlefungies. A true delight for your summer time movie feast.