Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

The BFG review: Giant fun with this Roald Dahl classic

By Damon Smith

Published 18/11/2016

Childish wonder: The BFG
Childish wonder: The BFG

Precocious orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is snatched from her bed at the witching hour by a hooded 24-feet tall figure, who introduces himself as the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance).

The BFG wouldn't normally kidnap a chiddler, but he explains that he was fearful Sophie might cause a great rumpledumpus by yodelling she had seen a giant. A tender and deeply touching friendship is forged between Sophie and her kind-hearted abductor, who is bullied by filthsome fellow giants.

The BFG is a gloriumptious rendering of Roald Dahl's fantasy, which marks the final collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison, director and screenwriter of ET.

Sweetness and childish wonder glister in every frame although some of the darker elements of Dahl's source text have been excised, but Mathison thankfully retains Dahl's gobblefunk lexicon of jumbly words.

Four stars

Belfast Telegraph

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph