The BFG (PG)

In a time when the world seems to be tearing itself apart The BFG transports you to a magical place full of fun and laughter. There’s whizzpops and giants galore so jump aboard the Fun Express as we delve in the wonderful and magical brainchild of Roald Dahl.

This is the story of an orphan named Sophie who encounters a giant, who despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind hearted soul. The young girl calls her new friend the Big Friendly Giant, BFG for short.

But not all giants are as nice as BFG as Sophie finds out on her first trip to Giant Country. There BFG is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Instead he lives on a diet of disgusting snozzcumbers, and a fizzy drink named Frobscottle which produces the most splendiferous whizzpops from your bottom.

As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence in Giant Country attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and the other child-hungry giants. It turns out that the other giants have been snatching children and gobbling them up for years. So the two mismatched friends embark on an adventure to stop the “human bean” eating giants once and for all.

This marvellous motion picture captures the essence of Roald Dahl’s family favourite perfectly. Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill are the beating heart that keeps the movie going. As in Dahl’s novel, the BFG’s speech patterns are “a little squiggly”, with his talk of “hippodumplings” and “piggywigs” throughout. As the BFG says “What I mean and what I say is two different things.”

Rylance makes the dialogue sing, as though reading poetry from long ago. “Meanings is not important. I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.”

This isn’t the first time that one of Dahl’s creations has made it on to the big screen. First there was Henry Selick’s James and the Giant Peach and then Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, both opting for stop-motion animation to capture their stories.

Despite all its digital wizardry The BFG still remains a flesh-and-blood movie, the tale of two misfits whose battles we can invest in. Despite its disjointed storyline it’s still an adventure that I would embark on again and again. The BFG is a scrumdiddlyumptious feast of a movie.

By Ruth Walker
★★★★☆

 

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