Steven Spielberg decided to make a hybrid live action/animation adventure that is based off the popular children’s Book “The BFG” written by Roald Dahl. This film blends both computer generated characters and worlds with a young actor who is tasked with making us believe what we see on screen is real. So let’s dive in and take a look at “The BFG” in this box office review…
To be honest, I never read the children’s book so I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into. I trust Spielberg and his ability to tell a story and create fantastical worlds and that was motivation enough to see this movie in theaters. The overall look of the film I enjoyed immensely. It’s vibrant and colorful, it’s dark and brooding and it’s warm and sunny. We’re treated to some creative worlds in this movie and each looks completely different than the other. If you pay attention to the design of these worlds you’ll notice tiny subtle specialities that make each room or location uniquely clever. The land of giants has the remains of what appears to be a fair ground. The house of BFG has clever bottles, boats, vegetation and more showing that he’s more than just a curious character who speaks different than everyone else. The orphanage is sterile and quiet. The streets of the town are cobblestone with dim lighting and each house has a similar but different look from each neighbor. The land of dream catching is dark but the dreams are colorfully vibrant, almost electric, in their appearance. Overall, the appearance of this film was the best part.
The story is definitely for children. There isn’t much for adults in this film as the basic premise is just that, basic. The language is simple and the characters speak using exaggerated phrases that one might expect from uneducated giants who each represent something different. If you’re looking for a thought provoking story this isn’t it. Even the ending is humorous but simple. It’s written for children and the movie captures that quality. If you have kids under the age of 11 or 12 they will probably enjoy the story as it’s geared for young kids. As an adult you might appreciate the acting talents of Ruby Barnhill who is cast as the lead. Considering she acts mostly in a digitally created world I was impressed at her level of believability.
“The BFG” is theaters now! I recommend a big screen viewing if you have young kids. It’ll be a fun time at the movies for you and your family. It’s a fun story that isn’t offensive or inappropriate. It’s legitimately a fun film that explores the created worlds of Roald Dahl as only Spielberg can tell. Honestly, if this movie wasn’t made by Spielberg I probably would’ve skipped it. I’m glad I didn’t because the dream world was incredibly colorful and unique. If you don’t have kids you can probably skip this one unless you’re a die hard Spielberg fan. This film won’t ask a lot for you but it does require that you suspend that part of your adult brain that denies the fantasy worlds that exist from a child’s perspective. It’s fun but it’s not a great film. Again, if you have young kids they’ll probably enjoy the time spent with you at the movies and that will hopefully be enough.