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Roald Dahl's classic re-imagined for the cinema
The BFG is based on Roald Dahl's book of the same name, reimagined for the cinema by Steven Spielberg (director) and Melissa Mathison (screenplay). Sophie is an orphan living in London who accidentally sees the BFG one night, so he must take her with him back to Giant Country.
There we learn that the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is actually a bit of a runt, as well as a placid and well-meaning vegetarian living amongst behemoth human-eating giants. Importantly, he is also the keeper and sender of dreams; Dream Country is his labyrinth of jars, potions and dreams in-the-making.
The relationship between Sophie and the BFG in the film is slightly awkward, with the BFG a hapless character who comes to rely on her. With tensions rising in Giant Country and BFG's 'lab' destroyed, Sophie eventually designs a plan to tame the mean giants.
Just when the audience at the screening seemed to be completely disengaging, the film takes a wildly different turn. While a bit disjointed, the next set of scenes at Buckingham Palace deliver plenty of action and giggles. While you wouldn't want to make this film superficial, it really could have done with some more of this earlier in the piece.
The movie is stunning (even better in 3D) and some of the London scenes incredibly life-like. However, at 119 minutes it's just a bit too much of a slow-burn. Roald Dahl is genius of children's fiction, but unfortunately the film adaptation fails to capture his brilliance, even with a star-studded production line-up. It's a nice movie but fails to leave a lasting impression.