Starring Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance in the title role,the Steven Spielberg directed Roald Dahl written The BFG comes to the big screen in all it’s Disney splendour..
Sophie is an orphaned girl who sees the BFG one night whilst she is meant to be sleeping and is whisked away by The BFG to Giant Country.Thinking originally that he is going to eat her, Sophie soon realises that he is in fact a Big Friendly Giant bringing “beans” their dreams at night as they sleep.The BFG though has issues with bigger giants who bully him and make his life a misery so Sophie decides that [with the help of The Queen] to get rid of the bullies and make the BFG happy.
This is a wonderful film version of the classic Dahl story.When it comes to things like this Spielberg gets it spot on more often than not and he hits the nail on the head with this.The CGI is soft and enchanting and adds an extra dimension to the character of the BFG played so brilliantly by Mark Rylance, that you can’t help but fall in love with the film.Ruby Barnhill is excellent as the orphan Sophie who just wants some love and normality in her young life and there is an excellent chemistry between the 2 characters.The other giants are equally grotesque and everything you want from a bloodbattler and fleshlumpeaters and the film flows effortlessly until it gets to the bit with The Queen which for some reason just doesn’t quite work,it just feels out of place with what you have seen up to that point although it is an integral part of the story.
Other than that,it is a brilliant piece of cinema from Spielberg and Co and the 3D was superb,almost Avatar at times,although it may not be totally suitable for very young viewers it is very much a family friendly film of the highest order..
a Bloodbattling,Fleshlumpeating,Giant of a movie..
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