Directed by Steven Spielberg
The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
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★★★★½ review by Martin28 on Letterboxd
Utterly magical in the way only classic Spielberg could deliver.
★★★★½ review by Serena Catalano on Letterboxd
My heart is so big right now. Giant, actually.
★★★★ review by A.J. on Letterboxd
I is hearing all the secret whisperings of the world.
During the first hour of The BFG, I legitimately thought it might be the best movie of the year.
Then they went to the palace.
Either way, great Spielberg.
Good morning, BFG.
★★★★½ review by Truman Segal on Letterboxd
Day 31 of Month of Spielberg I guess.
I know I literally just said this in my Bridge of Spies review, but this is Spielberg's best since Minority Report. It's E.T. for a new generation, even if it doesn't nearly reach the emotional heights.
Something that really surprised me is that it wasn't as sentimental as I thought it would be. Considering the source material, I was expecting way more schmaltz than three sequences of it.
Mark Rylance is absolutely adorable as the BFG and should be in every Spielberg movie from now own.
The castle scene is absolutely priceless, probably my favorite scene that Spielberg has ever directed.
The CGI gets a bit wonky at times, and Sophie feels really out of place when she's surrounded by it, but it didn't really take me out of it.
The ending falls a bit flat though.
Maybe I'm biased because I LOVED this book as a kid, but I think The BFG is already misunderstood and much better than I was led on to believe.
★★★★ review by Dave on Letterboxd
I'm a kid of the 80s, so I grew up under the spell of Steven Spielberg. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, E.T., Indiana Jones, and the list goes on. I've lived through it all as an impressionable child, wide-eyed with wonder.
Now, imagine my delight that thirty years later my kids are doing the very same thing.
We all simply adored Spielberg's latest venture, THE BFG. This is patient, deliberate storytelling that's not big on plot but heavy on sentiment, character beats and flights of whimsy. What a gorgeous feast for the eyes; the film is a beautiful palette of landscapes and clear, fresh-faced heroes. Mark Rylance is absolutely perfect in the titular role, while the rest of the cast complements him as well as one could hope. I was grinning from start to finish.
And Spielberg, goddamn. Almost 50 years and over 30 films. The man is a national treasure.
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