First published in 1982 Roald Dahl’s classic novel is brought to the big screen for the first time after twenty-five years in development.
The BFG tells the story of Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill), who is plucked from her bed in an orphanage by a 24-foot giant and whisked away to Giant Country. This giant however is strictly vegetarian, more in need of a friend than a feed, although the same can’t be said of the other nine 50-foot anthropophagous giants residing in this mysterious land.
Weta Digital’s four-time Oscar-winning senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, with the talents of Jermaine Clement, Bill Hader and Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (as the titular BFG) beautifully utilise performance capture technology across both practical and virtual sets.
Director Steven Spielberg shooting his first live-action 3D feature has crafted a film that retains the heart of Dahl’s original story while delivering an authentic cinema experience to newcomers.
Three and a half stars