Note to readers: BFG stands for big friendly giant, and it’s based on one of Roald Dahl’s first books. He’s one of the most prolific kid book writer,s ever and wrote the screenplays for Willie Wonka and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the books Fantastic Mr. Fox and James and the Giant Peach.
Steven Spielberg always wanted to turn The BFG into a movie, but the technology didn’t catch up with his vision until now. So he grabbed E.T. writer Melissa Mathison, Bridge of Spies best supporting actor Mark Rylance, newcomer kid actor Ruby Barnhill and an outstanding special effects group, and went to work.
The little girl is an orphan who accidentally sees the BFG, and anyone seeing a giant cannot be allowed to tell others of their existence and that of the other, less nice giants.
Spielberg seamlessly make you believe that Rylance is a giant and the girl is his defender and friend. It’s a fantastic mix of film making and technology, and is just one of the reasons Spielberg is one of the best directors ever. Another is an uncanny ability to tell a story. This is a sweet movie that appeals to those who are actually young and to those who remain young at heart.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader
Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It’s playing at Regal’s Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and the Queensgate 12, and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself