Normally I don't review books or movies on my blog, but maybe I should change that. Anyway, I feel as though I have to review the new BFG movie because Roald Dahl's book was one of my favorites as a child and is now a favorite of my five-year-old son. We also made it to the movie theater the day it premiered, which is unusual for my family.
Let's start with the obvious CGI used to create the giants. It was so well done that their skin had pores and the detail of the teeth on Fleshlumpeater or Bloodbottler was enough to churn your stomach. The BFG's lifelike facial expressions clearly showed his emotions and invoked sympathy from the viewer. The tears in his eyes brought tears to mine. The dream catching sequence was also mesmerizing, as was the little dreams floating about in their jars. This isn't 80s cinematography, this is truly advanced CGI at its best--so much so that at times you forget you're watching images generated from a computer.
The storyline of the movie also didn't follow the exact storyline of the book, but it did justice to the most important parts and adequately conveyed the overall tone and message. The little actress who played Sofie did wonderfully; especially since she probably spent the majority of the movie against a green screen acting as though she were being handled by giants.
I would say more, but I don't want to give any spoilers. I definitely think you should spend the money and go see it in the theater. After all, who wouldn't want to see the giants on the big screen?
Also, do Roald Dahl a favor and go read the book again. ;)