The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is one of those movies that goes under the radar for lack of a promotional campaign, or maybe just a confusing one. I went into this film not knowing much and knowing even less of its novel source material of the 1982 book of the same name. But not knowing a whole lot didn’t stop me from enjoying this family “friendly” film!
The big friendly giant is the best thing of the movie! Played by Mark Rylance, the motion capture here was extremely well done. From his goofy look to his child like gibberish way of talking, this character will win your heart over almost instantly. The relationship that develops between him and Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is subtle yet you do feel for them by movies end. But not enough can be said about BFG himself, as I loved everything about the character!
Other good quality’s of the film were the other giants, who gave the film some added light hearted humor. The look and feel of these giants was not on the same level of the BFG but make no mistake, these characters were needed for this slow pace story. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the films slow story and lack of “fun” is not something we’d expect from him, making this one of his least best films by far. But for the genre of family films this movie may lack the fun but its packed with heart! Friendly light humored enjoyment for the whole family.
“Tag It & Bag It” 7/10