Spiel­berg brings Dahl BFG to life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

THE un­likely friend­ship be­tween an or­phan girl and a friendly giant dreamt up by au­thor Roald Dahl gets the Steven Spiel­berg treat­ment in this im­pres­sive big screen adap­ta­tion of the beloved book.

When the BFG (voiced by Mark Ry­lance) is caught walk­ing the streets of Lon­don at night by lonely in­som­niac or­phan So­phie (Ruby Barn­hill), he scoops her up and takes her back to Giant Coun­try so she does not spread the se­cret of his ex­is­tence.

Once there, the two bond in his over­sized home, where she learns about his work as a dream catcher and he must hide her from the blood­thirsty fel­low gi­ants that oc­cupy the coun­try.

There is a de­light­ful sweet­ness about the re­la­tion­ship that de­vel­ops be­tween these two un­likely al­lies, as these two lonely mis­un­der­stood char­ac­ters find they have more in com­mon than they orig­i­nally thought.

In true Spiel­berg style, this is about aw­ing the au­di­ence with the re­al­is­tic pre­sen­ta­tion of its oth­er­worldly char­ac­ter and world build­ing with the use of as­tound­ing CGI, as op­posed to do­ing it with im­pos­si­ble stunts and grand ac­tion se­quences. The big­gest sur­prise is Spiel­berg’s foray into flat­u­lence hu­mour, with a bit of cheeky low-brow hu­mour (a fart­ing Queen is pos­si­bly the most ju­ve­nile thing he has put to screen).

Un­likely al­lies: The two lonely charc­ters find they have lots in com­mon.

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