The BFG is as dreamy and magical as you’d think it is. Bringing the Roald Dahl classic to the big screen was never going to be an easy fleet but when you get the likes of Steven Spielberg as Director, you know it’s going to be in the right hands.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the children’s classic, The BFG tells the story of Sophie who accidentally runs into contact with a big friendly giant. Hesitant at first, the two soon become friends. Unfortunately, though, things aren’t smooth sailing and the BFG’s fellow giants prefer to eat children rather than take them in.
Even as the years go on, I still find myself watching the screen in awe as CGI continues to get better and better. The details such as facial expressions taken from Mark Rylance’s performance were beautiful to take in especially when you’re familiar with the amount of effort that goes into making such a thing possible.
The BFG may be PG rated, by it most certainly can be for adults and children alike. Its narrative may be a bit simplistic for the harsh critic but we do need to remember it’s a story acceptable for children. From my own perspective, the best children’s or family films are the ones that can maintain the interest from both the child and the adult because at the end of the day, adults are the one’s making the film so they can see it from their perspective.
As the minority, I went into The BFG with no prior knowledge of the book. This could either have been a good thing or a bad thing. After seeing the film, I can concur that it was a good thing. With fresh eyes, I was able to see the film as it was, a film. I could have looked ahead and predicted the narrative or see where things were going but I didn’t want to and I’m glad I didn’t have any audience expectations.
Newbie Ruby Barnhill played ten-year-old Sophie and easily held the story alongside her companion the BFG. The character of Sophie is an orphan which made her as tough as nails. Throughout the film her sassy and confident lines were delivered brilliantly by Ruby Barnhill and I look forward to seeing more of her projects in the future.
The other star is, no doubt, The BFG. Played by Mark Rylance, the BFG is an incredibly sweet and harmful giant who can be straight forward if he wants to but ultimately just wants to do his job well, that job being to collect dreams.
The BFG is a tale of friendship and imagination. Perhaps a bit too predictable for the older generation, The BFG can entertain its audience with a charming story about a lonely girl and her companion the giant.
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Released: June 2016
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader
Production Company: Walt Disney Studios, Amblin Entertainment