Five Reasons You’ll Love It - November 21, 2016

The BFG - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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The BFG - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

All Roald Dahl’s books are wonderful yarns, full of big ideas, nasty villains and magical stories that have kept children and adults captivated for decades and decades, but none are quite as epic as The BFG.

Dahl’s 1982 book is the story of Sophie, an orphan who is kidnapped by a benevolent giant, who she subsequently befriends and dubs the "Big Friendly Giant". After he takes her to Giant Country, the pair hatch a plan to stop man-eating giants that are invading the human world and set off for a huge adventure.

Mark Rylance, who earned an Oscar last time he worked with Spielberg on Bridge Of Spies, plays the BFG himself, with newcomer Ruby Barnhill playing Sophie. They’re joined by a cast that also includes Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rafe Spall and Penelope Wilton.

It hits DVD shelves on Monday (November 21st, you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page), but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it...


The animation is stunning…

The film’s budget was a hefty $140 million, but every penny is up on screen here. The visuals are stunning, particularly Rylance’s BFG and his fellow giants, with all the gory details of Dahl’s vision brought to life incredibly.


Newcomer Ruby Barnhill is a delight…

Only 10 when she got the part, Barnhill is a wonderful find. She’s cute and charming without laying it on too thick and takes the audience through this incredible world with real grace.


Mark Rylance excels as the BFG…

Rylance is never less than brilliant, but here he’s on particularly great form, especially as he must have filmed entirely in a motion-capture suit. He captures Dahl’s wonderfully eccentric giant, all his muddled words and kind spirit, perfectly.


It’s a wonderful end to Melissa Mathison’s career…

Mathison, who wrote the script for Spielberg’s classic E.T, adapted Dahl’s book for this new adaptation, but sadly died last year before it could hit the big screen. Her script is a light, funny and skilful one, it’s a wonderful end to a great career.


It’s just so much fun…

Between the fabulous visuals, Rylance’s performance, Barnhill’s charm and a wonderful warmth that underpins the whole movie, everyone will fall in love with Spielberg’s take on the BFG.

The BFG is released on DVD on Monday (November 21st) and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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