After his success film animating the comic book series “Tintin”, Spielberg used the knowledge he acquired to tackle a bigger challenge in adapting Roald Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant. The world is as engrossing as always, mixing digital and live action in an unobtrusive way that adds to the general ambience. In a way, he manages to tell a fairytale story that feels just right, neither too real nor too fictitious, and 3D viewing is a must, as the movie breathes and deepens with every puddle of water, street corner, alley and house. The added profundity from 3D means that viewers can almost peer inside the little intricacies of Spielberg’s universe in what can almost be considered a microcosm. Unfortunately, the child actor isn’t up to the task of transmitting or expressing emotions that feel authentic, and the plot becomes dull after the second half of the film. Sadly, this isn’t because of the movie per-se, but only because the BFG has a plot that doesn’t bode well in its transition from printed media to theatre.
Being a movie directed by Steven Spielberg, it shies away of the “romantic” ideal with which he usually portrays characters. In this case, Spielberg presents the facts in a linear way while dealing with few subplots, and shows audiences the main protagonist and problem he has to deal with (in a first instance feeling rushed in doing so). On the negative side, this means that some of the supporting cast feels bland, but particular characters shoulder this burden by performing on a superb scale. Specifically, the duet formed by Hanks and Mark Rylance (winner of Best Supporting Actor) feels just right, and the title of the film bodes well with each of their roles. Although the film itself is very long and sometimes slow, it clearly wants to tell a story throughout, with no digression or unnecessary diversions to awe audiences (ex: unnecessary subplots). The only negative point to remark is that there are no tension points in the film, and viewers constantly feel as if everything was always under control.