Critics of The BFGThe initial version of was varied. Many people loved the Disney movie for its magical fantastical elements, but many did not like it. One of the biggest criticisms was that there wasn’t enough action for adults to enjoy. Dann Gire du Chicago Daily Herald wrote: “The BFG provides moderate levels of kid-friendly charm. Yet it fails to pack the kind of intense, emotional punch that we expect from Spielberg productions such as [E.T.] and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Alternatively, film critic Sophie Monks Kaufman from Little white lies Said it “Lets you believe in the magic of dreams.”
Spielberg himself struggled to find the right rhythm. Ultimately, The BFGMelissa Mathison’s screenwriter (AND the alien) was the one who convinced Spielberg to slow down. “The script went through a lot of drafts after I first read it, but Melissa [Matheson] had already made four or five drafts before reading his work “, he explained in an interview with Collider. “One of the things I said other than that needed more intrigue […] is that it must go faster. Melissa was very patient and very spiritual, and she kept saying, ‘Now Steve you know this is not one of your Indiana Jones movies. You should just relax because this will be one of those stories where the pauses are just as important as the words I wrote and the words Dahl wrote. The pauses, spaces and patience of the storytelling, don’t rush it because it doesn’t run in a hurry. It only works by unfolding as it unfolds. It was the best advice she could have given me, and she was absolutely right. The movie has its own biorhythm, and you can’t push it. “
While critics are torn over the pace, the general consensus is that The BFG a visually stunning movie for the whole family. And now audiences are finding out exactly that thanks to its availability on Netflix.