Spielberg produce a giant of a film

The BFG, which stars Ruby Barnhill as Sophie and Mark Rylance as the giant, was partly filmed on Skye and Orkney. Picture: Entertainment One
The BFG, which stars Ruby Barnhill as Sophie and Mark Rylance as the giant, was partly filmed on Skye and Orkney. Picture: Entertainment One

The heroine is a precocious orphan called Sophie, who is snatched from her bed at the witching hour by a hooded 24-feet tall figure, The BFG.

A tender and deeply touching friendship is forged between Sophie and her kind-hearted abductor.

The on-screen rapport between the Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance and young co-star Ruby Barnhill galvanizes the picture.

Sophie and The BFG embark on a hare-brained scheme to visit The Queen at Buckingham Palace in a bid to get rid of some bullying filthsome giants.

Directed with verve by Steven Spielberg, The BFG is a visually arresting ride that gently tugs heartstrings in between rollicking set pieces.