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The BFG

  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Steven Spielberg
  • 117 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy adventure directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. London, 1983: ten-year-old Sophie is awake in the middle of the night when she spots a giant from the window of her orphanage home. Although Sophie hides, the 24ft behemoth grabs her and takes the little girl to Giant Country. There she learns he's actually vegetarian and extremely ancient, but he's also as unloved as she is.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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

Credits

Cast

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The BFGMark Rylance
SophieRuby Barnhill
The QueenPenelope Wilton
FleshlumpeaterJemaine Clement
MaryRebecca Hall
Mr TibbsRafe Spall
BloodbottlerBill Hader
Manhugger Adam Godley
MaidmasherOlafur Darri Olafsson
MeatdripperPaul Moniz de Sa
ChildchewerJonathan Holmes

Crew

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DirectorSteven Spielberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2016-07-22
Languages
English | Hindi
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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