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The BFG 
'The BFG' Has a BIG Heart
3.5/4 stars

'The BFG' is the kind of family fantasy we need nowadays. It's brimming with wit, charm, gleeful humor, emotional depth, and great characters. Spielberg has found his signature "magic" again; that indescribable marriage of emotion to visuals one can only ascribe to his previous works. His style feels genuine again. I was brought back to a childlike state while watching this magnificent fairy tale. Spielberg manages to maintain a constant state of pure wonderment throughout. I was sucked into this world right from the opening scene and I never left - thanks to the two main characters played excellently by Rylance and Hall. The bulk of the story mainly focuses on the growing friendship between the pair. Rylance is incredibly endearing as the 'BFG'. Everything from his appearance, to his speech, down to his insecurities, make him lovable. Hall plays one of the best young girl protagonists I've seen in a long time. She's every bit as lovable as her giant counterpart. The two bring out the best qualities in each other, making for a very cooperative adventure. The film is not particularly heavy on plot, but when forwarding events occur we aren't treated to over-done action set pieces or lower forms of comedy. That, in itself, is refreshing. When you think the movie is gearing up for some cliched turn (which it earns) it skips over it in favor of something more special. Spectacle is still there, it's just used more effectively to enhance the suburb characterization. Amazing effects work combines practical and CG elements to seamlessly integrate the massive size difference between Sophie and BFG. Thoroughly convincing stuff! Not once did I ever feel like I was watching a green-screen masquerade. I was emotionally involved, visually wowed, and completely charmed by this movie. I was smiling from ear to ear till the end. It's a timeless fairy tale that plays to all ages, and that's what makes it the best family film of the year by far!


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