Somewhat. It’s Steven Spielberg’s long awaited return to doing what he does best. Telling a good story. A story with lovable, flawed characters searching for a home they can call their own.
The rights to the Roald Dahl story were obtained about 10 years ago and took a long time to get made for various reasons. BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant. It’s a sweet story of a young girl in an orphange who sees the BFG during the ‘witching hour’. Rather than risk a lot of attention, the BFG decides to snatch her from her bed and take her far away to his home.
Mark Rylance plays the BFG and his young co-star Ruby Barnhill plays Sophie. They have a special chemistry together that you can feel as their relationship grows and they begin to learn about their respective histories.
You may feel some resemblances throughout the film that return you to an earlier time when a young boy was trying to help his alien friend to phone home. That may be because the BFG story was adapted for the screen by Melissa Mathison who was responsible for E.T.. Sadly, Melissa passed away last year.
I enjoyed the crisp storytelling and the characters in the film. I especially enjoyed watching Spielberg do what he does best when he’s building his fantasy worlds. He fills them with fascinating objects and the set designs are creative and filled with purpose. You’ll never see things thrown in at random to fill a blank space. Everything has a reason for being in the frame.
And the lighting in his films are always spectacular. The use of golds and blues bring fascination and magic to the screen. Dark shadows and red hues tell us something ominous is coming.
It’s not a fast paced film and if you’re looking for a lot of action, you won’t find it here. The focus is on the story. Some young ones will find it hard to sit still for this one, but it’s worth a try. My theater was filled mostly with adults who were looking for a little bit of that old Spielberg magic.
Everybody has a place in this world. And everybody deserves to live free of bullies, free of control; and there is always someone there to help. To lend an ear. To understand us. In their search to find their place in their world, they found each other, encouraged each other, and each only wanted what was best for the other. Now, wouldn’t that be nice?