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The BFG (2016)

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Details: 117 mins

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A lovely, and surprisingly old-fashioned and faithful adaptation of Dahl's book. There's no updating (the story is set in the 1980s) or pandering to some perceived notion of what kids these days want to see (no shoehorned-in modern cultural references or smart-alec tone). It's a slow, gently tale which relies on atmosphere and characterisation. In fact once the plot starts to develop more in the second half I lost interest a little, as I was perfectly happy to just hang out with BFG and Sophie and watch them interact. The capture of Mark Rylance's whimsical, delicate performance is amazing, and the other giants are a lot of fun too (especially Jemaine Clement).
And even when things get more hectic towards the end they still take time to stop and observe the details of simple scenes like the BFG eating lunch. It will probably play better with smaller kids (my 6yo enjoyed it) or older parents who remember films like this from their own childhood which were less frenetic and shrieky than ...(more)

A lovely, and surprisingly old-fashioned and faithful adaptation of Dahl's book. There's no updating (the story is set in the 1980s) or pandering to some perceived notion of what kids these days want to see (no shoehorned-in modern cultural references or smart-alec tone). It's a slow, gently tale which relies on atmosphere and characterisation. In fact once the plot starts to develop more in the second half I lost interest a little, as I was perfectly happy to just hang out with BFG and Sophie and watch them interact. The capture of Mark Rylance's whimsical, delicate performance is amazing, and the other giants are a lot of fun too (especially Jemaine Clement).
And even when things get more hectic towards the end they still take time to stop and observe the details of simple scenes like the BFG eating lunch. It will probably play better with smaller kids (my 6yo enjoyed it) or older parents who remember films like this from their own childhood which were less frenetic and shrieky than a lot of kids' films today. (less)

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as charming as the book

I was a huge Roald Dahl fan growing up, and this film perfectly captures both the wonder and the weirdness of Dahl's world. The little girl playing the protagonist is incredible. Much like the book, the film really picks up in the latter half when they pop in for a visit to QE2, where I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot. The visual effects are gorgeous. I really hope lots of people discover this gem of a movie - Spielberg does it again!

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Cast:

No_movie_poster Sophie
No_movie_poster The BFG
Small Fleshlumpeater
Small Mary
Small Bloodbottler
Small The Queen
Small Mr. Tibbs

Crew:

Small Steven Spielberg Director
No_movie_poster Melissa Mathison Screenplay
Small Roald Dahl Book

Plot:

A young girl (Ruby Barnhill), a queen (Penelope Wilton) and the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) must stop an invasion of man-eating giants.