Based on the classic children's novel by Roald Dahl, The BFG is the story of a young orphan named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill). She usually keeps to herself, unable to sleep and wandering around the house until late into the night. This leads her to discover the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance), or for short, The BFG, who takes Sophie to Giant Land, where he lives. Here, she discovers that The BFG is one of many giants, and that he is the only one of them who doesn't eat humans. He's a kind hearted, dream providing giant who forms an unlikely friendship with Sophie, and the first real friendship she's ever had.
Giant Land is an awe-inspiring treat to behold, full of some of the strangest, most beautiful landscapes Spielberg has ever crafted. It's big and bold, capturing the true beauty of this world, and there's a location where The BFG collects dreams that is simply gorgeous. The visual effects department do a fantastic job at not only creating the environments, but also the giants, as they look photorealistic and flawless. The only down side to having a CGI-heavy environment as stunning as this one is that Sophie, the lead, is not animated in any way, shape or form, and from time to time, especially in the first act, she looks slightly out of place. It's a little bit jarring to watch at first, especially in comparison to this year's The Jungle Book, which seamlessly blended together a single human character with an entirely CGI environment.
The BFG, in my opinion, was just a fascinating character. While all of his fellow giants are loud, obnoxious cannibals, The BFG is a loving, innocent fellow with a heart of gold, and Mark Rylance is the perfect choice for the role. Rylance was phenomenal in last year's Bridge of Spies, another Spielberg directed movie, and clearly those two get along well as Rylance is set to star in Spielberg's next two movies. He captures the playfulness and sweetness of The BFG, and the character design helps with this, too. He looks and feels like the character created by Dahl, and Rylance nails every single aspect of this iconic role.