The BFG (Blu-ray release 2016-11-29) flopped.  What went wrong?  Everything, starting from the story and the screenplay.  As a kid’s movie this story might have been acceptable 30 years ago, but not now when we have Harry Potter that set a very high standard for a written-for-children story.

The pacing is so slow that I think the story should be told in half the time it takes.  There are a few scenes that are gorgeous, and the opening sequence works quite well, but that’s all.  There is no fun, no comedy (other than fart jokes), no tension, no action.  The only thing it has is the friendship between the girl and the giant – but unfortunately it does not work either.  It is far below the level established in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).  After enduring the long time with very little drama happening, the climax – the war with the evil giants – is finished in no time.

For movies with giants, Gulliver’s Travels (2010), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), and Attack on Titan anime (not the disastrous live action movies) are all much better alternatives.

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