Scene after scene stuffs us with dialogue and leaves out backstory that might have made the movie far more interesting. We're never told why BFG decided to be a vegetarian in contrast to the other giants, or whether he'd always been that way. Essentially I kept asking myself: why was he so different in the first place? The BFG also hears and collects dreams in jars, but we never learn why or how this began. I am a huge fan of fantasy, and that dream mythology looked promising in terms of both story and characterization. What a fascinating yet wasted concept!
I don't want to completely stink on the BFG. It had an imaginative children's story feel - which is likely a residue from the original material - as well as pleasant characters and a moment or two of humor. (If you know what's good for you, never drink frobscottle.) I watched the movie with a subdued smile, but once I left the theater I knew I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again. Perhaps animation is not Steven Spielberg's forte.