2 January 2018


The BFG 2016
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Based on the novel by Roald Dahl
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Adam Godley
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl, Angels and Insects, Prospero’s Books
    • Penelope Wilton – Down Abbey, Hotel Marigold 1 & 2, South Riding, Doctor Who, Pride and Prejudice, Shaun of the Dead, Calendar Girls, Clockwise, King Lear, Othello, The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    • Jemaine Clement (unrecognisable here) – Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs Shark
    • Rebecca Hall – Transcendence, Frost/Nixon, Starter for 10, The Prestige
    • Rafe Spall – The World’s End, The Life of Pi, Prometheus, Hot Fuzz, A Good Year, Shaun of the Dead
    • Adam Godley – The Theory of Everything, Case Histories, Merlin, X Files I Want to Believe, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Son of Rambow, Nanny McPhee, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Love Actually
  • Why? Mark Rylance
  • Seen: 27 December 2017      

       Sophie is a serious bespectacled ten-year-old orphan who is snatched from a London orphanage by a giant and brought to Giantland where she is in danger of being eaten by the bad, even bigger, giants. Fortunately, her kidnapper is the BFG, the Big Friendly Giant, who is very kind and whose job it is to catch dreams.
       They’re both alone and friendless and bullied misfits.
       It’s very much a kids’ film without much of a story but the heartstrings are tugged a bit and a tear or two is almost jerked. The garbled language is fun. Rylance is a sweetie and young Barnhill carries her half of the film with suitably dry ten-year-old bravado. Wilton made an excellent Prime Minister in Doctor Who and she does a good Queen here even though the story gets silly at this point. But the kind of silly kids love.

3 * of 5 

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