The BFG Saturday, 22 February 2020

The BFG

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Some scenes may frighten young children.

  • The pitch:

    The BFG gets the royal treatment.

  • Starring:

    Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rafe Spall, Matt Frewer, Penelope Wilton, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rebecca Hall

  • Directed by:

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are kidnapped, hit by a flock of birds, thrown through the air, poked, grabbed, eaten (dream sequences), hung upside down, toyed with/bullied, hunted, hit with a burning stick, held at gunpoint, doused with hot coffee, tied up, dropped from up high into the ocean. Characters hit their heads, faceplant, get struck in the crotch area, trip over, jump from a high ledge, have bad dreams. A missing child's belongings are found (presumably the child was eaten by giants). Objects knocked over, thrown, smashed. Explosion. Cars stomped on/crashed. A character's home is trashed. A tree is struck by lightning. Screaming, shouting, grunting, snoring, roaring. Boogeyman, children going missing, cannibal, matron locking children in dark cellar, stealing, lying mentioned. Blood/gore: A child says "blood will be on your hands". The flesh and juice of vegetables looks like worms and snot. A giant has a sore finger (no injury detail seen). Giants have names such as Fleshlumpeater, Bonecruncher, Bloodbottler, Butcher Boy and Meatdripper.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Shirtless giants. Labels on jars read "I is naked at work/I is naked at a wedding".

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Loud voices heard from inside a pub. A group of intoxicated men stumble outside of a pub.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Fart jokes.

  • THEMES:

    Big friendly giants, orphans, dreams, unlikely friendships, London, the Queen of England, the witching hour, Nicholas Nickleby, courage, runts, bullies, dreamcatching.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead parents mentioned. Orphanage setting. Dogs, cats, birds, raven. Giants, long/dark shadows. Fireworks (opening credits), full moon, waterfalls, lightning, thunder, helicopters. Farting, spitting. Some bright light visuals. Furs/leathers worn.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Astonishing, mystical, lean, glorious, immersive, magic, splendid, imaginative, charming, wonderful, inventive, superior, faithful, appealing, enjoyable, likeable, eager, kid-friendly. Extraordinary detailed motion capture, note-perfect script, some hypnotic sequences, eccentric/distinctive/seductive/stunning/transformative/tremendous/soulful/sad/superb performance by Mark Rylance, sweet/vulnerable/sturdy/eye-catching performance by Ruby Barnhill, dazzling effects, moving score, alluring visuals, simple/faithful storytelling.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A little sluggish/mournful/underwhelming, could use more humour.

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