The idea of a movie based on Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) had me excited because I vaguely recall enjoying the story as a child. Having seen the Steven Spielberg directed film, it’s clear for me that this is one of those instances where the book may definitely be much better than the movie.
The lovely nostalgic walk down memory lane I’d been hoping for isn’t what transpired here. My biggest issue with Spielberg’s film is the pace which is so slow that at one point when the ‘bad giants’ were looking for a human child for their afternoon snack, I may have uttered the words ‘Just find her and eat her already, so that this massive let down can finally be over!’
Things didn’t get interesting and engaging for me until the part that takes place at the palace towards the end. Another positive is the narration at the very end.
Prior to my The BFG experience, I’d actually been thinking about re-watching the Spielberg classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – but I’m no longer sure about that now. The BFG has reminded me that sometimes re-living stories and/or re-watching films I loved as a child, especially if they were made with children as the target audience may result in those films not being well received by my adult brain. One such example would be The Never Ending Story (1984). I really wouldn’t recommend revisiting that.I did and I ended up wishing that I’d let it remain as magical as my young brain remembered.
I just hope that children, the key target audience for The BFG have a good time when they watch. Should I finally muster the courage to re-visit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, I’ll certainly share my thoughts on here. Until next time…
Happy Film Loving