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The BFG

Posted by on Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 in Cinema, Featured, News

The BFG

It’s been a cinematic week at babydaytripper. When everyone feels under the weather and no-one wants to venture out to be, quite literally, underneath the current weather, then we end up at the cinema or having a DVD afternoon. Fortuitously this week, we had the chance to review Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, which is out now on Digital Download, DVD and Blu-Ray (for those of you doing a spot of early Christmas shopping).

Having recently read the book with MJ, we had great expectations of the film. It mostly delivers, the fabulous Mark Rylance’s turn as the BFG being the highlight. It might just be me but when I watch him in anything serious these days I can’t get my head around him also being the voice of Flop in CBeebies’ Bing. I digress.

Anyway, the film draws you into an enjoyable fantasy version of the UK where there are enormous giants wandering around at night that nobody notices apart from our heroine Sophie (and for a while she wishes she hadn’t noticed either). The pace is slow to start off with as Sophie explores the BFG’s cave and finds out about Giant Country. This is punctuated by the BFG’s slobberingly uncouth fellow giants turning over the BFG’s cave to track down the “human bean” scent they’ve picked up. The special effects are convincing and the boys were watching through their fingers at this point.

still-24-copyIn general though, the film is safer and more gentle than the book, with much less talk of giants stealing and eating children (the Spielberg effect?) and more time spent on dreaming and dream catching. The action reaches its most entertaining towards the end as Sophie and the BFG enlist the Queen’s help with giant-catching and there is a lot of harmlessly rude humour and whizpopping corgis – needless to say, this is the only bit of the film the boys love to tell people about in great detail…

So that’s it. The BFG – not Spielberg’s best ever, not as scary as it could have been, but visually impressive, lots of fun and bound to have everyone talking about whizpoppers.

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