The BFG (2016) Review


I watch a lot of films and only half of them are horror films, so I figured I might as well do some less detailed reviews of the non horror films I watch. My aim is to try and keep these short and simple so being as I went to the cinema to watch The BFG that’ll be my first non horror review….

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Melissa Mathison (screenplay), Roald Dahl (book)

Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton

Run Time:117 minutes

Budget: $140 million(estimated)

Most people know the story of The BFG a book by Roald Dahl but I mostly remember watching the animated movie when I was a youngster. We follow orphan Sophie who one day sees the BFG wandering the streets and now she’s seen him he has to take her away so she cannot tell anyone about him.


Sophie is a great character and fantastically acted

He whisks her away to Giant Country where you’ve guessed it giants live. Problem for Sophie and the BFG is the other giants are nasty bastards who like eating people, especially children.

It’s here the film shines as Sophie gets to know the BFG and they build a big friendship, she then makes a plan to help the BFG rid himself of the other mean giants. The plan involves dreams, the army and most importantly the queen.


The effects are some of the best I’ve ever seen

The Good

  • The effects
  • Ruby Barnhill as Sophie
  • Whizzpoppers, Frobscottle, crockadowndillies, human beans, snapperwhippers and all the rest of the BFG’s sayings.
  • Fleshlumpeater
  • The corgis
  • BFG hiding from people whilst in the city

The Bad

  • Drifts a little bit in the middle
  • Needed another scene or two with Sophie and Mary

Overall this was an impressive film, obviously crammed with state of the art effects and some brilliant acting especially from Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. The ending was brilliant as well and even if you’ve not got kids it’s worth a watch and if you have got kids, well you should head to the cinema as soon as you can.

Overall Rating


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