And you didn't even notice the elephant. Contrary to many negative opinions, Steven Spielberg has not yet lost his magic formulas that help him catch dreams and turn them into reality. "The Big and Kind Giant", an adaptation of the book of the same name by Roald Dahl ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"), was turned by the eminent director, now not often referring to big-budget blockbusters, into a cute movie for children, which lacks one most important little thing: entertaining stories.Spielberg is a master at finding talented children. His natural sensitivity allows his work with actors to be surprisingly subtle and discreet. However, his influence is noticeable throughout the movie and instantly sends the viewer to such masterpieces as "Alien".Spielberg is a master at finding talented children. His natural sensitivity allows his work with actors to be surprisingly subtle and discreet. However, his influence is noticeable throughout the movie and instantly sends the viewer to such masterpieces as "Alien".
Do not blame Spielberg for the fact that Melissa Matheson's script is the same vinaigrette of logical absurdities as the one that the title character of the movie says. The unnecessary absurdity of the third act of the picture nullifies almost all the magic. As soon as the giant (Mark Rylance) reveals himself to the Queen of Great Britain (Penelope Wilton), the mystery leaves the picture, and the mysterious wizarding world becomes a funny world. If the children could believe in the existence of giants in the first hour of the movie, then the second one shamelessly rob them. For some reason, the fabulousness is diligently sucked out of the picture for the sake of jokes about the non-stop greenish farts and the satirical portrait of the English monarchy.
The main character Sophie, charmingly played by Ruby Barnhill, after being kidnapped by the giant, embarks on long, seemingly deep discussions with him and superficial at the same time. They talk about all sorts of things, catch dreams and launch them through a long pipe to the children in the bedrooms. The concept is worthy, but still not fully revealed.
In view of the complete imbalance of the action, "The Good and Big Giant" becomes a very expensive and visually rich showcase of the acting talents of Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill, whose tandem in this movie gives more emotion than all the efforts of Melissa Matheson and Steven Spielberg combined.
Rylance creates an amazing character, quivering, afraid of his formidable fellows, but having an attentive, sympathetic soul. The motion capture technology used to create images of giants on the screen is almost invisible in this movie, until then Rylance's acting catches the eye. Winner of the Academy Award for "Bridge of Spy", he became a real, sincere revelation of the movie. In addition, in the form of a gray-haired giant with large ears, he is somewhat reminiscent of Spielberg himself.
Barnhill does not lag behind him. Considering that the girl had to constantly interact with the blue pillows, which were replaced in the giant's palm during the editing process, her acting seems even more impressive, because you immediately and absolutely believe in her. Spielberg is a master at finding talented children. His natural sensitivity allows his work with actors to be surprisingly subtle and discreet. However, his influence is noticeable throughout the movie and instantly sends the viewer to such masterpieces as "Alien".
The scenery built for the movie provides the necessary basis for the visuals, so Buckingham Palace and the giant's dwelling look equally impressive and realistic. In those places where the movie lacks a plot, and hence the intensity of passions, the creators overshadow the audience's attention with beautiful views, visual effects and sometimes ordinary, vulgar humor. Still, it is impossible to get rid of boredom and the constant feeling that developing events only contribute to an even greater decline in history.
"The big and kind giant" falls prey to the source material, sadly. What is easy to read does not always look as easy. Spielberg's new movie turned out to be ideally lulling, and in the cinema in all the newfangled formats, it simply does not look.
The Topic of Article: Review of the movie Big and kind giant. Dreamcatcher.
Author: Jake Pinkman