As a child, I loved Roald Dahl’s work. In fact, I had every one of his books and if any of you are old enough to remember the Roald Dahl magazines, I also had every single one of them and I most likely still have them in a cupboard somewhere and so, when I saw a trailer for The BFG on the television, I just had to see it.
Just in case there’s anyone who hasn’t seen the original cartoon or read the book, the general gist of the classic children’s tale, is that a young orphan named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), encounters a giant (Mark Rylance), who is unlike any of the other giants that co-inhabit Giant Country. As oppose to the others, the giant refuses to eat young children and instead, conjures up dreams for them to enjoy whilst fast asleep. Due to his kindness, Sophie names him The Big Friendly Giant, which is quickly shorted to The BFG. Over time, the two of them come together, and come up with a plan to stop the other giants from snatching the children and eating them. It’s a simple and perfect family film.
I honestly don’t think Spielberg could of cast a better actor than Rylance for the BFG. Even though Mark Rylance is only portraying the face and voice of the BFG, whilst the rest is computer animated, he still manages to portray the role perfectly and makes you instantly fall in love with his endearing nature, and his funny way with words.
For a 12 year old, Ruby Barnhill’s acting was great, however at times, it did feel that she was tending to overact whereas for her age, and the nerves that she must of had, that is rather expected and for the role of Sophie, she was perfectly cast.
I was fairly sceptical about how the animation/CGI would be for this film as I had high expectations due to Spielberg’s other creations, however it was far beyond my expectations and at most points, it didn’t even look like CGI at all, and looked almost real!
All together, this is a fantastic and lovely family film, and is an extremely good adaption that sticks very closely to the book’s storyline. It’s most definitely a must see, especially for children.