Movie Review: The BFG (2016)

It’s been months since The BFG was shown in theaters yet we really only watched it now, so the review. Perhaps more than the feedbacks, the film’s poster had something to do with our interest. Weeeell, t’was kinda outdated (like, it even looked like E.T. of the 80’s) that made us lose interest right off. Besides, the 3D wasn’t really that convincing too, you know. And most everything’s just sort of dark, especially the setting.

But guess the acronym BFG did the trick; and t’was a holiday and so we watched..

Oh by the way, since we have not really read nor researched Roald Dahl’s novel, at first we thought BFG must have meant ‘best friend goblin’, right? Haha! After all, BFG looked more like a goblin than a ‘big friendly giant’. Yeah, that’s what we meant by an unconvincing 3D.

So indeed, being a first-timer of the story, we could then give you a more unbiased feedback. Makes sense? So..

The Synopsis. Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (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 attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and the other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

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The Cast

Okay, to continue.. Notice the steps of the BFG? It hardly touches the ground, so there’s some error in there. Also, whenever any of the giants (including BFG) walk or move for that matter — shouldn’t the ground tremble, even a little?

And why didn’t Sophie even suggest a name for the BFG? Calling by the acronym is okay when they first met as that’s what the giant wanted of his name; but later on, Sophie could have suggested something else even for friendship’s sake. Right? Hey, they sound like they’re in a corporate environment by referring through acronyms!

The story line is quite light. Perhaps too ‘friendly’ for your own good, and so ending up a little dull for that matter. There should have been some scene or narration as to why giants exist — not just saying ‘giant country’. ‘Cause why are there even bigger giants than BFG? This is like two species. See?

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Well, it’s indeed tough being an orphan. With no family behind you, life’s no adventure but a jungle where if you get mixed with the ‘wrong crowd’ — things become a ‘dog-eat-dog’ kinda world. And so, yes with no family, this is an area where Sophie’s friendship with the BFG should have been more emphasized — like, regular visits. That’d be encouraging especially for those with no families.

Dream. With a good heart and patience, one day you’ll see it through.

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