During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the twenty-four-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, and other giants. After travelling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all of the bad giants once and for all.Written by
It was on the first day of filming Bridge of Spies (2015), Steven Spielberg's dramatic Cold War thriller, that he realized he had found his BFG. Renowned stage actor Mark Rylance was playing convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, a character far removed from that of the sweet, but simple giant depicted in this movie. While Spielberg was aware of Rylance's profound range as an actor, and in fact had been following his career for some time, something else clicked that day. "Mark would go into complete character transformation when the camera was rolling", said Spielberg, "and while he is one of the greatest stage actors ever, it was the Mark in-between takes that really touched my heart. It was then that I knew he could do anything." Spielberg continued, "I could have made 'The BFG' with actors on oversized sets using a digital blend, but I wanted the giants to look beyond human. The only way I could capture magic with the giants was to animate them based on the performances of the actors I was casting and have the animation be super photo-realistic." See more »
During the opening when Sophie is reading her book she uses a torch with an obvious LED bulb. The film is set in 1983, way before LED torches were a thing. See more »
[from the trailer]
Run, Sophie! Hide!
[Sophie gets out of sight just in time, as the Man-Eating Giants surround the BFG]
Does you have a little pet?
See more »
The closing Disney logo is not shown after the end credits. See more »
First off, I'm not a huge children's movie fan, but this one was just so charming and cute I couldn't help but like it. The real star is the BFG. The funny way he talks and the emotions on his face really made the movie for me. The little girl does a pretty good job as well.
This isn't the kind of movie you watch for the story. It's simple enough, but does the job. It's more for the interaction between the girl and the giant, and in that department the movie delivers. Sure there were some childish jokes, but there were plenty of other moments that made me laugh out loud without involving body functions.
I don't get why so many people hated on this movie. Where they expecting Schindler's List? This wasn't that kind of Spielberg Movie. It was more about the interaction of a child and magical friend, akin to ET - and while it may not be quite as good, I still got a lot of enjoyment out of it. If you don't think you're going to be a stick in the mud about it, go ahead and give it a watch. You might end up being surprised at how much you like it, just like I was.
49 of 66 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this