The BFG

The BFG

Steven Spielberg (2016)

117min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Little orphan Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) is kidnapped by a big friendly giant (a brilliantly motion-captured Mark Rylance) in Steven Spielberg's visually dazzling but emotionally remote and muted adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's classic. The sluggish first half finds Sophie learning ogre lore, but the story steps up a gear when the BFG joins forces with the Queen (Penelope Wilton) to halt the threat of his even larger flesh-eating brethren. With its awkward lowbrow humour - the Queen's farting corgis being the dubious highlight - this is more a kid-friendly experience than an adult one. However, screenwriter Melissa Mathison does keep Dahl's gibberish dialogue intact, while Rylance's soulful, twinkly-eyed take on the BFG is easy to love

Summary

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
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