This evening I sat down with my mum to watch The BFG, I’ve been interested in seeing it for a while now, all the clips I’ve seen of it have looked good, and I was pleased to find that I wasn’t disappointed.
Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.
I’m sure none of you need me to tell you that this is a kids movie, and consequently is short on blood, violence and nudity (by short, I mean there’s no blood, no nudity, and the violence is extremely limited) so if those are the only things you watch, this is not going to be a film for you.
Fortunately, those are not all I watch, though I do enjoy them quite a bit.
The BFG is a, relatively, gentle film with some very good performances, a decent if unremarkable storyline, and some wonderful CGI. The plot points this film at a younger audience but if you can cope with that you’re in for a treat; the CGI is some of the best of seen, with all the giants rendered in such a way you could believe they are real with only a little imagination, but it’s the acting of the two leads, and especially their interacting, that really makes this film.
Mark Rylance is an experienced actor so its no surprise that he performs so well, despite his performance being mostly voice work, but Ruby Barnhill, in only her second credit, puts in a really great performance in a role that must have been incredibly difficult because of the level of CGI involved in bringing the film to life.
I have always been a fan of Steven Spielberg, and this film further cements, in my opinion, his position as one of the best directors around, especially when it comes to family films. If you’re after something to watch with the kids, or just some light entertainment to pass a couple of hours, you won’t go wrong with this