The BFG: Movie Review

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The BFG: Movie Review

Jessica Jahja, Contributor

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Steven Spielberg was able to make the film, The BFG, into a very popular film with the honor of having 20 nominations and out of those 20, four were won. As the movie was officially released on July 1, 2016, it has made $183.3 million in the box office starring Mark Rylance as the BFG and Ruby Barnhill as the innocent, little girl, Sophie. The film is originally based on Roald Dahl’s book, The BFG, but Spielberg had made some alterations. The plot of story consists of Sophie, a sophisticated young girl being kidnapped by the BFG (big, friendly giant) after she witnessed such a species. In fear that Sophie will tell anyone, the BFG took her to his cave and that’s where they became friends and Sophie learned that there are monstrous giants that eat humans except for the BFG. Spielberg stuck to this storyline but unfortunately made the film seem more dark and less humorous than what Dahl originally wanted it to be.

For example, Dahl made various puns about what type of humans giants like to eat the most trying to lighten the mood but since these puns were too confusing to be put in the film, Spielberg avoided them making the film more dark and feel more appropriate for an older audience.  Spielberg also added a scene in the beginning of the movie, that was originally not in the book of where the BFG had a little boy, before Sophie, and after becoming friends, the boy was tragically eaten by a giant. This additional scene was not necessary and only gave the movie a more darker mood knowing that the BFG already had a tragic past. But the actors in the film conveyed a very family friendly mood making this film perfect for an audience of all ages to watch. Overall this film had changed/added multiple scenes into the storyline that was unnecessary but with the amazing graphics and great actors, this film was able to give an audience of all ages a very entertaining experience

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