The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

Di­rected by Steven Spiel­berg. Star­ring Mark Ry­lance, Ruby Barn­hill, Pene­lope Wil­ton, Jer­maine Cle­ment, Re­becca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader Spiel­berg’s adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s pop­u­lar chil­dren’s novel, con­cern­ing a friendly gi­ant who spir­its an or­phan to a magic land, prof­its from two flaw­less per­for­mances. Ry­lance is a sweet gi­ant. Barn­hill is charm­ing as young So­phie. Un­for­tu­nately, the story me­an­ders, the hu­mour is too broad and the emo­tional pay­off seems to have gone miss­ing. Should we com­plain that a Dahl adap­ta­tion is just for smaller kids? It seems we’ve just done so. PG cert, gen re­lease, 117 min DC

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