Gradebook: The BFG

Gradebook: The BFG

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The BFG The Gradebook is the ratings of newly released films by the contributors and fans of We Live Film and We Live Entertainment. If you are interested in participating, join the We Live Film Fan Chat Page on Facebook and look for the weekly posts of new releases.

Bryan Sudfield: The BFG (9.5/10)

Steven Spielberg is my favorite filmmaker to date and it’s exciting to finally see him direct a family film after a huge amount of historical dramas. This is a great return for him in this genre. It’s magical, funny, whimsical and endearing. The acting, particulary Mark Rylance and newcomer Ruby Barnhill, is stellar, as is their charming chemistry. The first 20 mins are a little sloppy, but after that… I was glued! Go see it in 3D… families will have a great time.

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Zachary Marsh: The BFG (8/10)

The BFG starts off rocky in the first 20 minutes and takes another 15-20 minutes to really get its footing, but once it does, it’s really sweet and pleasant. Mark Rylance is really enjoyable, and the young girl playing Sophie is absolutely delightful. The 3D isn’t needed, but there are a couple times when it looks really good. John Williams’ score goes back to his more whimsical roots. In fact, it sounded very similar to his Harry Potter score in certain scenes. The second half feels somewhat rushed, but it’s incredibly delightful. Don’t go in expecting a Spielberg masterpiece, but I think a lot of people will at least have a good time with it.

Mark Krawczyk: The BFG (8/10)

Spielberg shows how to properly do a fanciful, visually entertaining and well-crafted film for the entire family without “talking down” to the family. He also demonstrates that a children’s movie can have scary elements in it as well as the lighter moments. Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill have great chemistry on screen. Their relationship felt genuine. Rylance is especially enduring and I loved his character. The CGI is decent but is occasionally distracting. I enjoyed the story, especially the parts involving dreams and the dream tree scene is particularly stunning. It does feel rushed at the end. Still, one of the better modern family films to have been released. I have a feeling it will do better internationally than in the states.

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Tony Estrada: The BFG (5.5/10)

There are some charming and magical moments mainly due to the great performances of Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill but the movie is surprisingly a snooze-fest which is something I shouldn’t say about a Disney movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The motion capture and visuals are stunning however and that alone made the theater experience such a treat but it doesn’t save the storyline from being unengaging for the majority and the movie jumping around scene by scene. John William’s beautiful score continues to be classic John Williams and Steven Spielberg still does a solid job directing the motion feature. The BFG has some charming and magical moments but it’s ultimately a very forgettable family feature that really doesn’t have much of an adventure to it.

Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for The BFG :  7.5/10

*Keep checking back as more We Live Film fans see and review this film, we will be updating.

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