Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres is a film for the child in us all as beloved writer Roald Dahl, director Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Pictures brings us THE BFG.

Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is a young girl living in an orphanage. Wandering the halls when the other children are asleep, something outside in the night has caught her attention. Knowing better she can’t help but throw open the doors to see for herself.

In moments she is aware of a giant! Running back to bed she is scooped up and taken through the clouds to giant country. Coming face to face with the giant she demands to be taken home. Before that can happen Sophie must hide an even larger giant comes knocking.

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That is when Sophie begins to ask questions and learns that BFG (Mark Rylance), her shortening of Big Friendly Giant is afraid of the larger giants Fleshlumpeater (Jermaine Clement) and Bloodbottler (Bill Hader). BFG tells Sophie that if the others catch her, it will be horrible for them all.

Trying to devise a plan, Sophie also takes time to get to know BFG only to discover that he is gentle and charming. Knowing she must help BFG rid himself of the large angry giants, Sophie calls on the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and her aide Mary (Rebecca Hall) to bring peace to both lands.

It takes one little girl and a Big Friendly Giant!

Barnhill as Sophie is so endearing and adorable. Seemingly unafraid really at the predicament she finds herself in, she does take a moment to vent her feelings about it all. Once she realizes the life that BFG is living and how special he truly is, it becomes her hearts desire to help her friend.

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Rylance as the BFG is just brilliant. Having experienced his performance, there is no one else, no one who could have given this character the heart and charm as Rylance has done. I love the quirkiness of BFG of course but it is listening to him talk in his own unique way that Rylance scores huge as the giant dream catcher.

Wilton as the Queen finally gets outside Downton Abbey and into the very crown itself. I have always enjoyed this actress and for a chance to jump at a big of comedy, Wilton does so with everything I would expect of her. Hall as Mary is the aide to the Queen and although the role small, she is charming.

Clement and Hader as the horrible giants are just that – horrible! Mean and spiteful, they take what they want and think nothing of it. Watching them get their comeuppance is more than a little satisfying.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE BFG four tubs of popcorn out of five. First of all it is so lovely the relationship between Sophie and BFG. A lonely girl who doesn’t quite fit in at the orphanage and a giant who isn’t as giant as others who just wants to live a peaceful life.

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The film is colorful, flowing, delightful and embraced by the audience who clearly grew up reading the Dahl story. The wording is completely amazing, creative and I have a feeling people will be repeating a few of them after the film. The relationship between the two main characters is beautiful and so well done that I actually would like to see the film again.

Spielberg has truly given visual and voice to a character that my children, now with children of their own, a thrill to see on the big screen. It is everything a family film should be. I awwwww’d, applauded, got a tad emotional and laughed myself silly all in the span of the story.

In the end – the world is more giant than you can imagine!