The BFG

This year marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, which makes it perfect timing for a new film version of one of his most famous stories.

A young orphan called Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is taken from the orphanage by a giant who she decides to call the BFG, the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Unlike the other giants, who eat children, the BFG collects dreams and blows them into children’s bedrooms. Together, in a plan which involves a visit to Buckingham Palace, they set out to stop the other giants from bullying the BFG and kidnapping children.

As always, Mark Rylance is absolutely perfect as the BFG. His face is so expressive. The entire tone of the film is delightful, and the Buckingham Palace scenes are very funny, with some lovely moments including Penelope Wilton as the Queen and Rafe Spall as a footman.

I do agree with some reviews that have mentioned that the film is a little slow in the middle, and possibly a little too long. However these are very slight niggles regarding what is otherwise a wonderful and emotional film.

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