Blu-ray Review: "The BFG"

As much as I hate saying it, "The BFG" isn't Steven Spielberg's finest hour. By no means is it a bad film, it just takes much too long to ramp up. I found it rather slow, so I can only imagine how younger viewers will feel about it. The movie comes across as an overextended adaptation of Roald Dahl's original short story found in "Danny, the Champion of the World".

All the right ingredients for a modern fairy tale are here, they just don't gel together as smoothly as they should. The CGI look of the film also feels awkward at times. Imagine "Annie" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" blended together and you get a good idea of what to expect from "The BFG." In defense of the movie, there are some funny and heartwarming parts to hang on to.

Ten-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler (Bill Hader), Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Special Features for the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition of "The BFG" include the featurettes "Bringing the BFG to Life," "The Big Friendly Giant and Me," "Gobblefunk - The Wonderful Words of the BFG," "Giants 101," "Melissa Mathison: A Tribute," and "John Williams: Scoring a Dream."

"The BFG" is rated PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor. Mothers especially will no doubt get a big kick out of all the fart jokes. Some of the giants might scare younger viewers, but most of their antics are just funny or mean-spirited.

"The BFG" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.