Film Reviews

Film Reviews: The BFG (2016)

Adapted from the popular Roald Dahl book The BFG is a tale of a lonely girl, bored with life and sick of the people in it, who finds a friend in the most unlikely of ways – by being abducted, which isn’t nearly as sinister as it sounds.

Sophie, Ruby Barnhill, is an orphan who one night does the most unthinkable thing by looking out of the window at the witching hour. Whilst there she sees an impossibly large man later known as The BFG, Mark Rylance, who snatches her in the fear of his kind, giants, being exposed. The BFG lives with awful giants who eat humans so Sophie and The BFG hatch a plan involving the Queen to get then sent away so that The Big Friendly Giant can live in peace and harmony for the rest of his days.

As with most Amblin films, this was a very feel-good flick that will, undoubtedly, be nostalgic for many in years to come. And it was very enjoyable, but I think that is all down to Dahl’s creative vision over the actual film itself. There is nothing groundbreaking or profound about the film, it is what it is, a studio produced adaptation of a much loved story.

In saying that there was decent enough CGI, nothing like The Jungle Book but I am sure we can let it off, a decent screenplay with a good mix of emotion and humour, pleasant visuals and mounds of nostalgia. Plus it really is a great film for kids, if you ignore the unusual suicide hints (Sophie jumping off a window ledge and jumping in to water). It really says something when the most memorable scene from a film is the Queen’s corgis farting.

Ruby Barnhill lead the cast beautifully with a splendiforous (channelling my inner BFG) performance as Sophie, Mark Rylance as The BFG was also fantastic displaying fantastic emotion in both voice and face, a genuinely fantastic performance from both. Everyone else in their supporting roles were great as well (I particularly enjoyed Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler), but Ruby Barnhill really stole the show which is fantastic.

The vision of Dahl was really brought to life which was, obviously, the aim and they definitely achieved that. A great film to watch in cinema’s, but I’ll probably give that second watch a miss.

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