See what our movie critic has to say about Steven Spielberg's version of the beloved Roald Dahl children's book, the Big Friendly Giant.
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That’s a problem because with their keen sense of smell, the giants become quickly aware of Sophie’s presence – and they are hungry. And as children go missing from London, Sophie and the BFG – who prefers the taste of Snozzcumber and Frobscottle to humans – realize they must devise a plan to stop the giants and save the townspeople in the process.
Oh, the power of dreams has never had such a magical touch …
Except it doesn’t. It’s just overdone, over syrupy, sweet and silly and worse yet, at certain points, plodding more than the BFG himself.
I’m not sure what it says about the film that you almost feel bad for young Ruby Barnhill for having to carry the story with all the adults around her acting silly so that she is the only one you really have any concern for. While all his funny words and misunderstandings may work well on the written page, once spoken, The BFG often sounds and feels like a bad bedtime story for immature children. Whereas Barnhill is the only one that often seems like she’s being plausible (and in turn believable) in the whole affair, the adults are a bit too childish for you to take the picture seriously. Throw in some extremely heavy-handed let’s build sympathy moments for the BFG that don’t feel organic and the movie becomes kids stuff very quickly. This is not to suggest that The BFG is horrible; this is to suggest however that it is very underwhelming and unless you just like happy stories, The BFG is likely to make you think of other words for its acronym …Which is a shame, because a bad freakin’ gag is awaiting anyone who thinks the movie is the perfect little tale of whimsy its creators and cast think that it is.