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CLIPS Movie Review by Roger Tennis


THE BFG movie


RATED PG (action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor)

RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg

Ruby Barnhill - Sophie
Mark Rylance - The BFG (voice and image)
Rebecca Hall - Mary
Penelope Wilton - Queen Victoria
Jemaine Clement - Fleshlumpeater (voice)
Bill Hader - Bloodbottler (voice)

The BFG, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary, that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all. - Walt Disney Pictures

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
Marvelous special effects and a magical story make this family adventure a memorable experience. Once again, Steven Spielberg proves to be the master filmmaker - taking Roald Dahl's novel and fashioning a cinematic feast for the eyes and ears. While it's a tale for children, there's enough going on to please adults. Like the best of Disney, a few scares pop up that will frighten the smaller kids. But all turns out well in the end. In true Spielberg style, the casting of the two leads makes the difference. Mark Rylance delivers an engaging and believable performance as the BFG. His gentle giant, in spite of having kidnapped young Sophie, is rather lovable with a hilarious command of the English language. Ruby Barnhill brings just the right amount of spunk, a touch of matureness and just a dab of cuteness to her character of Sophie. As with any movie adapted from books, there are changes and expanded ideas. But Mr. Spielberg and late screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who died in 2015, remain faithful to Dahl's creation. Brimming with whimsy, but not afraid to enter dark territory, "The BFG" is a Bedazzling Fabulously Grand adventure.