Spielberg brings Dahl BFG to life
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.