‘The BFG’ (2016, PG)

The latest Stephen Spielberg spectacular to hit theatres, is ‘The BFG’ a giant success or a massive mistake?

Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is a young, lonely girl living at a London orphanage with nothing but her book for company. That all changes, however, when the mysterious Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) takes her on a magical adventure through Giant Country and to save all the human children from the other, evil giants.

This film is definitely one of the best visually I’ve seen in recent times. The CGI and special effects are all really good and you can get a really accurate sense of scale in scenes with the giants. The landscapes and scenery was also well down giving the film a realism and making it a joy to watch.

The BFG himself was also very well done – the facial movements captured his emotions perfectly and Rylance’s voice suited the character well.

However, there were a few parts that didn’t live up to expectations. I felt that there was a lack of chemistry between the main protagonists, Sophie and the BFG, probably down to the fact that Ruby Barnhill was most likely just talking to a green screen for the most of the film. I found myself thinking back to ‘The Jungle Book’ from earlier this month (my review of which can be viewed here) which had a similar set-up with the main actor having practically nothing to interact with. Because of this, I felt that both Neel Sethi as Mowgli in ‘The Jungle Book’ and Ruby Barnhill as Sophie in ‘The BFG’ gave slightly wooden performances in their roles. In the case of Barnhill in ‘The BFG’, towards the beginning of the film she states that she is scared to the BFG, however she seemed confident and almost happy to be with him.

Overall’The BFG’ isn’t a bad film. It’s visually amazing and based on one of the best children’s novels of all time. However, parts of the film left me disappointed, especially some of the acting. Because of this, I will give ‘The BFG’ six-out-of-ten.



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