Village Jam Factory - Saturday 02 July 2016, 6:15pm (3D)
Running time: 118m
Country: United States
Classification: PG (Some scenes may frighten young children)
Release date: 30/06/16
Rating: 6/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3/5)
Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is living the 'hard knock life' in an orphanage in London when, in the middle of the night, she catches a glimpse of a giant who had been delivering dreams. Afraid of being exposed he snatches Sophie and returns her to his home in the Land of the Giants where we discover he's not nearly as gigantic as the other giants under the leadership of The Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement). The Big Friendly Giant (as Sophie dubs him) tries to go about his business of catching and distributing dreams, but when it becomes clear he's harbouring a young girl, the hungry giants become determined the make Sophie their next meal. Will peace ever return to the Land of the Giants again or will it take royal intervention from the Queen (Penelope Wilton) to make things right?
Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel is a big budget CGI spectacular with plenty of warmth and charm. Mark Rylance (last seen in his academy award winning role in Spielberg's Bridge of Spies) brings the perfect mix of strength, innocence and vulnerability in the title role. The visual style and effects are very good with the constant switch in scale with an attention to detail that Spielberg's films famous for. As much as there is a delightful story it takes far too long to tell it. I was surprised how little response there was from the younger viewers at our screening, though the farting Corgies got a few chuckles. Enjoyable enough though too long. (ME)