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FILM REVIEW: The BFG

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  • Film Guide: PG
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Would I recommend it: Definitely

Roald Dahl has to rate up there as one of the best and most-loved writer of children’s books … ever.

I love his books and have read them all to SC – and if you get a chance to visit his museum – do – it’s amazing.

We’ve even read his autobiography of his childhood – it’s definitely worth a read and I guarantee you will never look at liquorice laces in the same way again!

But The BFG is definitely a firm favourite.

Being old enough to remember the cartoon version, voiced by the inimitable David Jason, I wasn’t sure that anything could top it let alone a live-action version (seems to be all the rage these days taking an animated film and live-actioning it!)

But, how wrong I was.

The film stayed true to the book with only a slight veering off course at the end – where the giants are not thrown into a pit, but somewhere else and Sophie lives happily ever after, which we never actually find out in the book.

The lovely Mark Rylance took the role of The BFG – totally unrecognisable, but utterly wonderful.  From the moment he emerged from the darkness you warmed to him.

12 year old Ruby Barnhill literally steals the entire film with her portrayal of the orphan Sophie – she was lovely to watch and the moments between her and the BFG were just magical.

Rounding off the main cast is Penelope Wilton as the queen – there is no one who could have played her better.

I laughed – seriously and out loud – I defy anyone not too – especially after the queen and all the royal subjects drink frobscottle (if you’ve read the book you’ll know what happens next!)

I sat mesmerised at the dream catching – truly magical.

I cried – seriously and with tears rolling down my face – there were some very tender moments and the music by John Williams (who better) added to the emotion and I just couldn’t help myself – mind you I do cry very easily when watching, or reading anything.

I sat enthralled from the first moment until the last credits rolled – it was, in my opinion, a great cinemagraphic tribute to one the world’s best writers.

I loved it, so did SC.

If you get a chance to see it, please do – and if you’re anything like me – take a packet of tissues!

“I am brave!”

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FILM REVIEW: Angry Birds – The Movie

  • angry birdsClassification:  U
  • Rating: 3 stars

I know it’s a game that you can download on your i-phone to waste valuable minutes/hours/days (delete as appropriate), but dear God the thought of having sit through 97 minutes of it filled me with dread.

Admittedly, when I saw the trailer it looked harmless and SC wanted to see it, so this afternoon we ventured to the local cinema to watch it.

I was happy to see there was Costa in the cinema foyer, so I managed to grab a tea as I thought I would need it to get through the next 1½ hours!

Honestly, the film wasn’t as bad as thought it would be. There was a plotline, that if you looked beneath the surface actually had a fairly deep meaning about it (beware pigs being nice!).

In a nutshell bad pigs con the birds and then fleece them, but birds fight back. So your average bad guy versus good guy and the good guys win.

And there were some very funny moments – synchronised swimming to the Flower Duet (the tune they used for the British Airways ad years ago), a burst of Rick Astley (oh, that brought back some memories of school), the attack on the pig castle and the eagle busting his disco moves to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” (and as an Essex girl that got my little toes a-tapping, but actually reminded me of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – both the film and dancing in the aisles at the musical)

Would I see the movie again? Probably not.

Despite my initial fears, it was a good children’s animated movie – which is why I gave it 3 stars.

It will definitely keep the children entertained, might give the parents a bit of a giggle, but I would recommend a coffee to keep you going … just in case.

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