Steven Spielberg (2016)

PG Certificate
Saturday 4:30pm - 6:20pm BBC One


Our Score
Little orphan Sophie (bland newcomer Ruby Barnhill) is kidnapped by a benevolent giant (a brilliantly motion-captured Mark Rylance) who blows dreams into the bedrooms of sleeping humans in Steven Spielberg's visually dazzling but emotionally remote and muted adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's classic. A sluggish first half in which Sophie learns ogre lore and aimlessly wanders through gaudy fairy-tale trappings finally turns full-throttle fun fantasy when the BFG joins forces with the Queen (a game Penelope Wilton) to halt the threat of his even larger flesh-eating brethren. Erring more on the side of the light fantastic with awkward lowbrow humour - the Queen's farting corgis being the dubious highlight - this is more a kid-friendly experience than an adult one and certainly not in the ET class, though Melissa Mathison, scripter of both, does happily keep Dahl's gibberish dialogue intact. Twinkly-eyed Rylance's soulfully expert take on the BFG, however, is an asset everyone will love.


An orphaned girl befriends a benevolent giant, who takes her off to a magical land, where they attempt to stop the man-eating creatures that are invading the human world. Steven Spielberg's fantasy adventure based on Roald Dahl's book, starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Penelope Wilton.

Cast & Crew

The BFG Mark Rylance
Sophie Ruby Barnhill
The Queen Penelope Wilton
Fleshlumpeater Jemaine Clement
Mary Rebecca Hall
Mr Tibbs Rafe Spall
Bloodbottler Bill Hader
Manhugger Adam Godley
Maidmasher Olafur Darri Olafsson
Meatdripper Paul Moniz de Sa
Childchewer Jonathan Holmes
Director Steven Spielberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jul 2016