After 34 years Steven Spielberg teams up again with E.T. writer Melissa Mathison to adapt Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG for the big screen. Throw Disney into the mix too and you are guaranteed a film that won’t disappoint.
Orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is whisked away to Giant Country one night when she spots The BFG (Mark Rylance) from her bedroom window.
Luckily for Sophie this giant is friendly but the same can’t be said for the others living there with names such as Freshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) and Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) who soon smell the presence of a human ‘bean’ who they would like to eat so The BFG must do all he can to keep Sophie safe.
The first hour of the film focuses on the relationship between Sophie and The BFG, two lost souls, thrown together who soon become great friends.
The BFG spends his time catching dreams and here we get to see Sophie introduced to this magical world where dreams are bottled ready for The BFG to puff the pleasant ones into children’s bedrooms through a trumpet.
Sophie soon comes up with a plan to rid themselves of the odious giants which involves enlisting the help of Her Majesty The Queen (Penelope Wilton).
Here the film moves up a level with some very funny scenes involving The Queen, her Corgis and The BFG eating an enormous breakfast.
With a script that remains faithful to the book along with stunning visuals (particularly Giant Country and Dream Country) and a stand out performance from Mark Rylance as The BFG there is much to enjoy from this big-hearted film.
The BFG is currently showing in Cinemas nationwide