The BFG English Movie
Mark Rylance's crinkles should be declared national treasure. He's amazing as a shy giant who is the runt of the giant world. He's what they called 'Scrum-diddly-umptuous!'
Compared to him Sophie seems like someone who you'd like to slap. She's a little annoying as most kids are. We don't feel an instant connect with her like we do with Mowgli or Jack Frost or even with Paddington Bear.
The story of a friendly giant who is an anomaly among giants is a good one. He is so gentle, he collects dreams and pipes them into people while they are sleeping. The upside down world is beautiful, and so is his workshop. Such a visual treat this is.
The movie has fun Frobscottle effects visually, but the kids today don't get the fun of naming silly names. The parents in the audience - who have read the book - will enjoy this and many other Dahl ideas. Others will just gawp at the brilliant special effects. I came away with mixed feelings, and though the film might help more kids buy more books, most might just let Hollywood do the reading for them. Of the Dahl books that have been made into movies, this one falls a tad short of the greatness and lovability of the book.
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