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The BFG is a combination of fantasy and adventure and is taken from a novel ‘The BFG’ written by Roald Dahl in 1982. The film got a positive response from critics, but it was a failure at Box Office. It grossed $113.3 million whereas the budget was $140 million.
Plot: Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is a young girl who lives in an orphanage in London, England. She remains awake at three a.m. to which she used to call it as a ‘witching hour.’ She has a glimpse of a giant man ( Mark Rylance) outside her window. The giant man sees Sophie, takes her out of the bed and runs towards the Giant Country. The giant asks Sophie to call him as a Big Friendly Giant or just BFG because he is friendly with children and other people and does not hurt them. He also ensures her that he has brought her here to keep her safe from other giants.
Sophie gets a sign of relief, and she sleeps there only. She has a dream that a big giant has eaten her. After some moments, when she wakes up, the giant of Sophie’s dream Fleshlumpeater ( Jemaine Clement) enters into the BFG’s house. Sophie hid in snozzcumber, but Fleshlumpter eats frobscottle as he hates vegetables and leaves from there. How the friendship of the BFG and Sophie grew and how they helped children from disappearing is the rest of the story.
Analysis: Steven Spielberg’s purpose in making this movie was to make kids realize that nothing is impossible for them. They can do anything if they want. This is the movie which must be watched in 3D, which makes it more interesting and entertaining for children. The director when teamed with Melissa gives blockbusters on the concept of visualization. This movie was the last project as a screenplay writer for Melissa Mathison because she died last November due to cancer. The characters are apt in their roles. The visual effects appeared superb.
The film concentrates more on parenthood and childhood like how parents used to tell stories to children and makes them sleep and they go deep into their dreams. Also, it teaches that it is essential to stand up for your own benefits. Do not think that whether you will win or lose. The movie has focused on the friendship of Sophie and the big giant rather than typical twists and turns.
Star Performances: Ruby Barnhill has made her debut from this film. She is playing the character of a 10-year old Sophie. She has maintained the role and wonderfully acted in the scenes with Mark Rylance. He was selected for the lead role in October 2014 as the Big Friendly Giant. Mark has always shown variations in his acting and therefore the director was happy to complete this journey with Mark. He is stunning in his performance and supported the little actor nicely. Jemaine Clement presented his role nicely. Other supporting casts also did well and contributed to the success of the movie.
What is there? The pace of the film is quick as it quickly takes turns from one story to another. The friendship between the big giant and Sophie is depicted beautifully. The movie has a lot of fantastic and fairy-tale kind of moments which is perfect for the entertainment of children. The 3D presentation gives some special effects and keeps the interest throughout the movie.
What is not there? The second half appears emotional in some scenes. The kids will love this movie, but adults may not like it or get some complaints. The movie starts like a fairy tale, but it falls once the story of Queen starts. There is a lack of magic, beauty and even real emotions in this dull and monotonous film.
Verdict: The director brought an amazing story from the novel, and it must be watched, especially children and parents to get amazed with the friendship shown.
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