The BFG

PG

“BFG” stands for Big Friendly Giant for those who are trying to figure out what the initials could possibly mean. It isn’t a meaning it’s a name.

In “BFG” the newest epic from Academy Award Winner Steven Spielberg, ten-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she is kidnapped in the night by BFG (Academy Award winner Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence in the land of giants attracts the unwanted attention of nine other giants who eat children. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince the Queen to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all

Barnhill was wonderful in the role of Sophie, her performance was spot on. Rylance, who won an Academy Award best supporting actor for “Bridge of Spies” is perfect in the role of BFG.

“BFG” was written by the late Melissa Mathison who wrote the screenplay for the Spielberg blockbuster, “E.T. the extraterrestrial.” Mathison was Harrison Ford’s second wife. “BFG” is based on Roald Dahl’s book, The BFG. Dahl also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For those who read the book, the movie is very faithful to the beloved children’s book.

Spielberg is a directing giant. He knows how to get the best from his actors and how to build relationships between his characters. That is what makes “BFG” a good movie, and some will even think it a classic.

The animation and color are beautiful. The art production was truly a work of art. This is a gorgeous movie to view. How a giant moves around London at night without being seen was amazing and fun.

“BFG” drug a little in the middle for me. I kept thinking how horrifying this movie would be for parents. A big giant kidnaps a child in the middle of the night and takes her to a land where other giants are eating children. Yikes! That is a parent’s worst nightmare. Yes, this is a fantasy and the giant is quite friendly but I was quite uncomfortable with the premise but if you read Dahl to your children, you know what you’re in for.

“BFG” opens this weekend at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, and Doughtery’s Theatres