The BFG online movie review - The BFG
There had already been a TV made animated movie with the voice of Sir David Jason, based on the children's book by the great Roald Dahl, the trailer for this live action adaptation certainly looked like it could be good, from director Steven Spielberg, returning to his family movie roots, like E.
T., Hook and Jurassic Park. Basically orphaned ten-year-old girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) lives in a London orphanage, she suffers insomnia, one night she sees a giant lurking the dark streets outside, the giant captures her and takes her to Giant Country. The giant (Mark Rylance) explains that he is not like other giants, he does not eat human beings, he is the "Big Friendly Giant", or "BFG" as Sophie comes to call him, he only eats disgusting Snozzcumber, and drinks fizzy Frobscottle, which causes the drinker flatulation, or "whizzpopping" as the BFG says. The BFG explains that Sophie must stay with him the rest of her life, so she cannot tell anyone about the existence of giants, he mentions that his job is to give people dreams, she does not believe him, he manages to help her sleep with a story, and deliberately gives her a nightmare, about failing to escape Giant Country and being eaten by another giant. Sophie wakes up and is forced to hide, the fearsome leader the Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) enters the BFG's home and smells a human, the BFG encourages him to eat the Snozzcumber, which Sophie is hiding inside, but remembering he does not like eating vegetables, or drinking water, he leaves. Sophie's clothes are ruined by the juices of the Snozzcumber, the BFG provides her with new clothes, he has a strange reaction to a red jacket she finds to wear, the BFG plans to leave Sophie in a tree house while he goes out to capture dreams, but she convinces him to take her to Dream Country. On the way the man-eating giants are woken up, they throw the BFG around and humiliate him, the giants stop when a thunderstorm starts, giants hate getting wet, Sophie comes out from her hiding place tells the BFG that he should not allow the other giants to bully him, meanwhile the Fleshlumpeater and the Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) find Sophie's blanket, they realise there is human in Giant Country. The BFG and Sophie arrive in Dream Country and catch dreams together, including a good dream about Sophie and a nightmare, or a "Trogglehumper", the two then head to London for the BFG to use his trumpet and blow dreams into the bedrooms of sleeping children. Sophie realises she has lost her blanket, and the BFG knows that the man-eating giants know about her, being put to sleep Sophie wakes up outside the orphanage, the BFG explains that the last human child he took and raised was discovered and eaten by the other giants, but she convinces her to take her back to Giant Country with him. When they return to the BFG's home, the other giants, including Maidmasher (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), Manhugger (Adam Godley), Butcher Boy (Michael David Adamthwaite), Bonecruncher (Daniel Bacon), Childchewer (Jonathan Holmes), Gizzardgulper (Chris Gibbs) and Meatdripper (Paul Moniz de Sa) trash the place searching for Sophie, destroying much of the BFG's hard work, Sophie evades them, while the BFG finally stands up to them and drives them away with a hot fire iron. While hiding, Sophie finds the home of the last human to live with the BFG, a young boy, among his belongings is a picture of Queen Victoria, she comes up with an idea to create a nightmare for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Penelope Wilton), about giants eating children, the army fighting them, and Sophie meeting her. Waking from her nightmare, the Queen meets Sophie and the BFG, they tell her and her servants Mary (Rebecca Hall) and Mr. Tibbs (Rafe Spall) the child- eating giants from her dream are real and must be stopped, after enjoying a large breakfast the Queen arranges for soldiers to follow the BFG to Giant Country. The BFG plans to give all the man-eating giants a nightmare that cause them guilt about eating children, all but the Fleshlumpeater are consumed by the bad dream, he tries to attack Sophie, but the army helicopter stops him and captures him, the giants are all taken to an isolated uncharted island, and much to their fury they will only be eating Snozzcumbers from now on. In the end, Sophie begins a new life in Buckingham Palace, Mary has adopted her, while the BFG has returned to Giant Country, and inspired by his time in England has started growing a wide variety of vegetables, he continues delivering dreams, and whenever Sophie feels lonely, which is less often than before, she knows that she can talk to the BFG, and he will hear her. Rylance with his twinkly- eyed kind nature and speaking his "gobblefunk" language is a very likable character, I agree newcomer Barnhill is perhaps a little dull as the young girl, and Wilton is a good choice to be the Queen, probably the best thing about this adaptation is the special effects, to make Rylance a big-eared vegetarian giant is all the magical colourful places and creatures is brilliant. This was the second time that of Dahl's books had been made again, following from Willy Wonka (1971) and Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), I would argue that the cartoon version is the one I prefer, as this feels emotionally remote and slow in places, even predictable, but you get the right amount of humour, including corgis farting, and children will certainly be entertained, it's an average but fun enough fantasy adventure. Worth watching!