THE BFG Movie Review by The Commander


3 1/2 (out of 4 stars)

Steven Spielberg does it again with the new Disney film, The BFG.  Visually stunning, incredibly detailed, intelligent conversation, fun and witty scenes; this film rises above the standard animated films that have been released.


The BFG is the story about a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who lives in giant land off the coast of England and collects people’s dreams while they sleep.  One night while sneaking around England, he meets an orphan by the name of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) whom he decides to abduct, since she actually saw what he looked like and he didn't know what else to do.  The two become close companions as he shows her the wonders and possibilities of dreams and she teaches him language and the ability to stand up for himself against the dumb, mean, larger Giants:  Bloodbottler (Bill Hader), Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement), Maidmasher (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and Manhugger (Adam Godley) who bully him daily.


The film really comes alive when Sophie convinces BFG that his only solution to end the bullying is to seek help from the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton) through her dreams.  Her attachment to the Queen’s aids, Mary (Rebecca Hall) and Mr. Tibbs (Rafe Spall), and the backing of the Queen’s mighty British Armed Forces, Sophie feels that she shall be victorious against the Giants.  The scene of BFG actually visiting the queen and having lunch at her residence is hysterically funny and I found this to be the biggest enjoyment for children of all ages.


My biggest concern with the film is that it may not connect with its young target audiences.  Unlike a film such as Finding Dory, the language is a bit gibberish with a heavy British accent and sometimes becomes difficult to understand, even for adults.  Other than that, the film definitely needs to be seen in 3-D for all of the great cinematography and effects that you would find in a movie such as this.

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