40Adapted from the children’s favourite by Roald Dahl, The BFG is a great film with plenty of laughs and visuals that will delight your children.
Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is an insomniac orphan who whilst reading under her covers hears the BFG (Mark Rylance) knock over a bin, looks out of the window and thus begins the story of a lifetime as the BFG heads back to Giant Land with Sophie in his bag, afraid she’d tell people about him. Despite asking to be returned immediately they eventually form a friendship.
The bad giants who can smell Sophie are quickly introduced as well as the Snozzcumbers, one of which Sophie is forced to hide in, and the Frobscottle which causes “whizzpopping” as the bubbles go down is used to hilarious effects, especially during the scenes with the Queen (Penelope Wilton) at Buckingham Palace.
The visuals are delightful especially when Sophie and the BFG go to Dream Land as well as the area of the BFG’s house where he combines the dreams before blowing them into the unsuspecting humans at night.
Rylance is perfect as the BFG with his soothing tones and delightful usage of his language referring to “human beans” and “hippodumplings” making him the perfect juxtaposition to his neighbouring nasty giants led by Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement).
The BFG’s lack to appetite for human flesh and gentle nature unfortunately make him an easy target for the other nasty giants who go out and steal children to eat but Sophie helps formulate a plan to stop them once and for all.
The film appeals to people from all ages with three generations of a family in the screening I went to enjoying the film immensely and I overheard one child asking to see the film again so it must have hit a right note.
To sum it up in one word, it was scrumdiddlyumptious.