The BFG

THE WORLD IS MORE GIANT THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.

10-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is whisked away from a London orphanage by a friendly giant (Mark Rylance) to a mysterious land where dangers lurk. Roald Dahl’s children’s story was adapted as an animated TV movie in 1989, but this is the full, big-budget Steven Spielberg treatment. Man-eating giants who bully the BFG become a threat to our world, eventually involving even Queen Elizabeth II in the battle against them. Rylance is likable in the lead and the visual effects are fun, but the magic has its limits. Over the top, at times, like Hook (1991).

2016-U.S. 117 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay: Melissa Mathison. Book: Roald Dahl. Cast: Mark Rylance (The BFG), Ruby Barnhill (Sophie), Penelope Wilton (Elizabeth II), Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall… Bill Hader.

Trivia: Alternative title: Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Co-produced by Spielberg. Mathison’s last produced screenplay. Gene Wilder was reportedly considered for a role. 

 

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