After movies like Bridge of Spies, Lincoln, and War Horse, it seemed like Steven Spielberg was planning on committing his talents to historical and political dramas. However, he showed that he can still knock it out of the park with whimsical family films when The BFG was released.
Unfortunately, with all of the big-name titles hitting theaters around the same time like The Purge: Election Year, The Secret Life of Pets, and The Legend of Tarzan, The BFG passed relatively unnoticed for the first couple of weeks after its release. Yup, that's right. A Spielberg-directed Disney film based on a popular children's book has been flying under the radar. Well it doesn't have to be that way. There are many reasons to go see The BFG.
Ruby Barnhill Is A Fantastic Child Actor
When you have a story relying so heavily on a major child character, finding the perfect young actor or actress is the key to the success of the film. Luckily, Disney cast Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the young girl taken by the BFG at the beginning of the film.
Much like Neel Sethi, who played Mowgli in this year's The Jungle Book, Ruby had to act in a CGI-heavy movie. Obviously, there aren't actual giants and colorful wispy dreams for Ruby to act with, so all of her emotions and stern dialogue is all delivered amongst people in mo-cap suits and surrounded by green screen. She only has a handful of scenes where she acts alongside other human characters, so it's impressive to see how well she can do without them.
Mark Rylance Is Simply Delightful
Do you guys remember how Mark Rylance surprised everyone by winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor? I wouldn't be surprised if his name came up again during awards season for his performance as the titular BFG.
Rylance's motion capture work rivals even the work of the legendary Andy Serkis. Many critics are even claiming that awards categories might open for best mo-cap performance after The BFG because of how well Rylance did. And if the mo-cap work isn't enough for you, how about his giant speak? Hearing him speak clumsily and foolishly as a giant will be the best thing you hear all year!
It Has The Most Disney Ending Ever
At its core, The BFG is a children's movie. It's about a little girl being taken away to giant country, where she gets to witness the hidden of the magic of the world first-hand. Unfortunately, giant country is primarily home to fat, brutish, man-eating giants that are twice the size of the BFG.
Now I won't give the ending away, but what I will say is that The BFG has a very satisfying ending that will please adults and children alike. Let's just say that those man-eating giants are still alive, but not very happy by the end of the film.
It's Full Of Willy Wonka Whimsy
The BFG was originally a children's book written by Roald Dahl, who also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It's easy to see similarities between the two stories, including a brave young protagonist and some kind of whimsical journey.
The BFG left me with the same sense of wonder and excitement that I got when I first watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The fun dialogue, the beautiful and imaginative scenery, and the bright colors really brought out the magic and adventure-lover side of me that thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
The Movie Is Very Faithful To The Book
Like I said, the new Disney film was originally a children's story, and one of my favorite children's stories at that. I've read that book so many times that when I went to see the movie, I was ecstatic to see how faithful the film was. Everything from the witching hour, to the dream-catching, to the snozzcumber, and even to the meeting with the queen was done perfectly.
Every big point that you would want from The BFG book was in the film, but complete with Steven Spielberg's directing style and visual magnificence. It's the perfect adaptation of a children's story that's entertaining enough for children to enjoy, yet deep enough for adults to get into.
2016 has been a huge year for Disney with The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, and Finding Dory, so sometimes The BFG gets lost in all of the big titles. However, that in no way lessens the quality of the movie. It is a wonderful movie that's perfect for all ages that everyone can enjoy!