Steven Spielberg and the late screenwriter of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial adapt Roald Dahl's 1982 novel. Follows Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill), the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton) and The BFG (Mark Rylance) on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have invaded the human world. The cast of giants includes Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement.
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Steven Spielberg adapting Roald Dahl’s beloved tale The BFG should really be a case of shooting fish in a barrel, with two masters in entertaining children and children-at-heart coming together on the big screen. That the resulting film is excellent viewing distracts from how challenging this adaptation about an orphan, a dreamcatching giant, his violent brethren and the Queen of England must have actually been to bring to life.... More
While it features a live action lead in newcomer Ruby Barnhill - who unsurprisingly holds her own at the centre of this big budget, green screen heavy pic under Spielberg’s direction - the titular character and his homeland of Giant Country are most reminiscent of the filmmaker’s work on Tintin. Spielberg’s gotten adept at either infusing CGI worlds with his trademark sensibility, or using these tools to tell his stories, depending on how you look at it. With a pinch of Quentin Blake’s illustrations somewhere in the mix, he’s certainly approached this tale with the best possible stylistic palette.
Mark Rylance follows up his Oscar-winning turn in Bridge of Spies as the titular character, and between his performance and special effects wizards, convinces as a big fellow with an even bigger heart. Add some visual wonders, a supporting cast including Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement and some awesome corgis - as well as strong candidates for best fart gags of the year - and The BFG turns out a winner, blending Dahl’s big imagination with a surprisingly simple tale at its core that'll defy you to not be won over.Hide
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BY Tele335 lister
there are moments of magic here, but undercut by timidity, tweeness, and a really damaging failure to focus on one or other of the two principle characters to craft a more engaging plot.
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