The BFG- A film review

As several might know I am a HUGE Roald Dahl fan. I’ve used his books in the classroom. I devoured them as a child. I’ve watched all of the adaptations. When I heard that they were remaking The B.F.G I was a little worried. This book is one of my favourites. I worried that it would be ruined. Whilst I don’t think it’s a flawless film, I was pleasantly surprised.

Things I liked:

  • Mark Rylance was a fabulous BFG. He was endearing, funny and true to the character in the book.
  • Ruby Barnhill was a fantastic Sophie.
  • The wonderful BFG-isms were present.
  • Fantastic imagery.
  • Some scenes (namely the whizzpopper scenes, especially the one at the palace) were done so well.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Sophie was a little bit too fiesty in places.
  • Added extras. I understand it’s for the movie ‘experience’ but I didn’t think the inclusion of another child added much to the story. I know it’s going to confuse my class who are so familiar with the book.
  • The giants weren’t nearly scary enough. Quentin Blake’s illustrations terrified me as a child! Even in the 1989 cartoon version they were scarier.

Would I recommend it?:
Despite my reservations and little niggles- yes!

Gone Girl: From Book to Film Adaptation

I recently went to watch Gone Girl, the film adaptation which has been in the cinema for a while now. I’m never sure whether to watch a film adaptation or not, especially when it’s one of a book I really enjoyed. My review for the book can be found HERE.

I thought the casting was spot on. Ben Affleck played Nick, a choice I wasn’t overly sure about, but my preconceptions were wrong. He was well cast.

I think the star of the film though is Rosamund Pike, who plays Amy SO well. I forgot what a psychotic character Amy is. Both characters are mucked up, by Amy…wow. She’s terrifying. Rosamund really portrays that aspect of Amy’s character astoundingly well.

Gone Girl is hard to discuss without spoiling the film or book, so I won’t go there. I will say, that Gone Girl is rated as an 18 at the moment. This is because of strong language, strong sexual content and violent scenes.

I think Gone Girl is well worth watching (and reading!)