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BFG - Big Friendly Giant

BFG - Big Friendly Giant

USA 2015 - mit Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall ...

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Originaltitel:The BFG
Genre:Adventure, Children's Movie, Fantasy
Regie:Steven Spielberg
Kinostart:21.07.2016
Produktionsland:USA 2015
Laufzeit:Ca. 117 min.
FSK:From 0 years
Webseite:bfg-film.de
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10-year-old orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) doesn't like to follow rules, especially when they're set up by the nasty director of the London orphanage where she lives. And so one night she sneaks out to see what the world looks like while all people sleep peacefully. Not a very good idea, because suddenly a giant (Mark Rylance) appears who grabs the girl and takes her with him into the realm of the giants. Although Sophie is lucky, she has fallen into the hands of a friendly, gentle giant. But for the other giants who live here, the girl is just a tasty snack. But not only Sophie will soon be in serious danger, because if the giants discover that there is a way into the human world, it could become a serious threat to all of humanity&.hellip;   

With "BFG - Big Friendly Giant", Steven Spielberg has once again been working with the screenwriter Melissa Mathison ("E.T. - The Extraterrestrial") to tell his audience another fantastic story about an unusual friendship. Instead of a little boy and an alien, the story based on a book by Roald Dahl is about a little girl and a giant. There are also other clear parallels between the two movies, whereby "BFG - Big Friendly Giant" can't quite conjure up the kind of magic on the screen at the end that made "E.T." so timeless and wonderful. This may be due to the fact that it is too obvious that the giants and their world were created primarily on computers. The look of the film is very artificial and therefore lacks the warmth of the old Spielberg tales.

The whole thing is very playful and charming. Some moments also clearly bear the masterly handwriting of Spielberg, who is able to realize such fabrics like no other. But the igniting spark that turns good entertainment into a film to dream about and marvel at is simply missing. That doesn't mean that "BFG - Big Friendly Giant" would be a mediocre or even bad movie. Steven Spielberg has staged an entertaining children's adventure that has become very amusing at times, but then again moving or very exciting. Good actors and some visually impressive moments also make for a very positive overall impression at the end. The big finale, however, makes it very clear what the movie's weakness is. The structure is harmonious, first-class staged, but the resolution is then very unspectacular and somewhat rushed.

And that's exactly true for the film itself: there is a lot of well-established potential, but its execution lacks that special something. A film about giants, of all things, lacks the Spielberg greatness that takes the viewer into such a different, magical world that you completely forget that the characters are not real - as was the case with E.T.. The alien was not a doll, but for two hours of cinema a real being from another planet that you immediately took to your heart. Although the BFG is also growing close to your heart, it never really works.

That's how "BFG - Big Friendly Giant" is beautiful, nice cinema entertainment, but unfortunately not a timeless masterpiece. If you want to lower your expectations a little and simply be entertained in a fairytale-like way, you should not miss the trip to the land of the giants. Worth seeing

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